Saturday, June 25, 2011

No Buyer for Route 66's Boots Motel

From the Yahoo Route 66 E-Mail Group.

There was a courthouse auction for the Boots Motel this past week in Carthage, Missouri, and as expected, the bank still owns the place. No other buyer came forward. The bank says it would like $150,00 for the place.

The city has the place marked as the centerpiece for a proposed historical development project, but that has not taken place yet.

The motel was built in 1939 by Arthur Boots at what was called the Crossroads of America, where US highways 66 and 71 intersected. It was one of the most modern motels in America, even featuring radios in every room.

Today, the place is in rough shape, after being rented for extended periods to low-income people. Supposedly, much has been stolen or destroyed.

Here's hoping that someone with some capital buys it and restores the place to its former art deco moderne glory. I've always admired the retro 30s-style chairs that were out by the office.

It Would Be a Shame to Lose The Place. --RoadDog

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