Monday, May 16, 2016

News From Along Route 66, April 2016: Bicycling and the Boots

APRIL 10--  Book Review:  "Bicycling Guide to Route 66" by Bob Robinson.  200 pages on what to see and do by a man who evidently rode the whole thing.

I would definitely like to see there one day be a regular organized Route 66 for  bicyclists.  Illinois is already doing a lot with bike paths.

APRIL 11--  The neon around the edges of the Boots Court Motel in Carthage, Missouri, has been relighted.  Ron "Tattoo Man" Jones paid for the restoration of the Boots Court neon sign a few years ago.

The motel was built in 1938 by Arthur Boots at 107 S. garrison Avenue, considered the "Crossroads of America" because Route 66 and US-71 intersect here.

Clark Gable stayed several times in Room 6.

The Boots Court became the Boots Motel in the 1950s.  It closed in the early 2000s after years of decline.  The current owners bought it in 2011 and have done a great job restoring it.

High On My List of Places I Want to Stay.  --RoadDog

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