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From Webb City take Madison south, it becomes Rangeline, go to Zora,
turn west on Zora, then south on Florida to right on Utica. Angle left
onto Euclid to the stop sign, left on St. Louis Ave., right on Broadway
(Langston Hughes) (in Joplin). Left onto Main Street (MO 43) to 7th
Ave. Turn right on 7th and proceed west out of Joplin.
2312 Utica (at intersection with Euclid)
This was the 1920s Shamrock Inn Tourist Camp & Cafe. After
Route 66 arrived cabins were added and in ... read
621 Broadway St. (Langston Huges)
The "Belonging to all the hands who build" mural is
on the historic Earl Smith Grocery building. The title comes from
a ... read more
Towers Barber Shop
602 E. Broadway, Joplin, MO
I'm guessing this 1925 building started out as a gas station.
The canopy was still open in 1936. In 2013 it was ... read
Side Trip: At Broadway & Main St. Turn north on Main St. (the
1930s - 1955 bypass alignment).
East of Main St. between "A" & "B"
The Joplin Union Depot was completed in 1911. The last train left
November 1969 ... read
to Joplin Mural
Mural in progress on Main St. N & "B" St.,
The first panel welcomes visitors to "Downtown JOMO"
The others show George Spiva ... read
W Fountain Rd & Main Street N.
This 1940's tourist court consists of several cabins and 1 larger
office. Reopened in 2017 as the Enlight Inn, a ... read
Back on 66 (1926 - 1955): At the cottage style station and
Westport Lodge on Fountain & Main turn around and head back south.
Rt. 66 Mural Park
617 Main St., Joplin, MO 64801
Located on the Pearl Brothers Hardware building, near where two
alignments of Route 66 meet, Main Street and 7th Street ... read
Side Trip: Turn left on 7th Ave. to see the Plaza Motel. This
is the 1956 - 1972 alignment, but the Plaza is about all that's left
2612 E. 7th Street
The Plaza Motel was built in 1962 and is located at the intersection
of 7th St. (latest 66 alignment) and Florida Ave. ... read
Back On 66 (1926 Alignment): Turn around and head west on
7th Ave. At Main St. you're back on the original alignment, continue
Mr Swiss Drive In
635 - 7th Ave. W.
A former Mr Swiss is located at 7th Street & Sergeant Ave.
Hugh Hills opened this drive-in in April 1967 and ... read
Rogers Highway Marker
W. 7th and Schifferdecker Ave.
Located in Schifferdecker Park, enter from Schifferdecker Ave.
and then take the first left into the park, then take ... read
State Drive-In Theater (Gone)
300 S. Tri State Rd, Joplin, MO
The Tri-States Drive-In opened in 1948 and operated by Commonwealth
Amusement until at least 1955. It closed in ... read
Park - Permanently Closed
3834 W. 7th St.
The former park is located on W. 7th just west of Tri State Rd.
This was truly a family entertainment center ... read
tuned, there's more to come!