Route 66 in the rain

We thought some of our Route 66 enthusiasts might enjoy these images from a drizzly weekend trip along the Mother Road in Missouri:

Ted Drewes’ Frozen Custard is a St. Louis institution.

John’s Modern Cabins, west of Rolla, Mo., quietly accede to time and neglect. Closed since the 1960s, the old motor court suffered when Route 66 was widened, then bypassed by the interstate. Ironically, the interstate itself was rerouted a couple of years ago, and the same weeds that are claiming the cabins now grow up through the rapidly expanding cracks in the abandoned pavement. Progress marches inexorably forward. We’re not sure where it’s headed or what else will be left in its wake, but relics like these remain to tell the stories of the past.

The late Larry Baggett’s Trail of Tears monument appears destined for the same fate as the cabins. The self-portrait he sculpted to greet visitors to his home on Route 66 near Jerome, Mo.,  has been decapitated since our last visit. The rain and mist seemed appropriate, settling over the property and echoing the overarching sadness of the setting. Autumn is such a melancholy time of year.

This is the famous Hooker Cut. Named for the nearby town of Hooker, Mo., the project was considered an engineering marvel in its day — dynamite was used to blast through the mountain to make way for the road, creating walls of stone that flank Route 66.

This through-truss bridge spans the Big Piney River and carries Route 66 into the small town of Devil’s Elbow, named for a steep bend in the river. 

Downtown Springfield, Mo., shines in the early evening rain.

Springfield’s beautiful Gillioz Theatre.

If you’re looking for a terrific weekend adventure, consider a trip from St. Louis to Tulsa on historic Route 66. Allow at least two days to explore, and stay off the interstate and out of chain businesses as much as possible to get the full Route 66 experience. End your trip with a night at The Campbell Hotel, where you’ll find the perfect blend of historic elegance and modern amenities. To book your room, call (918) 744-5500 or visit

If you’re planning a trip on Route 66, feel free to e-mail our public relations coordinator and Route 66 expert-in-residence at pr (at) thecampbellhotel (dot) com with any questions you may have or to get a free suggested itinerary based on your interests and available travel time.


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