Route 66, the "Mother Road" of the United States, ran from Chicago Illinois all the way to the southern coast of California in Santa Monica. A total of 2,448 miles of highway running through Illinois, Missouri, the southeast corner of Kansas, Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle, New Mexico, Arizona and Southern California. Route 66 had several paths it took through St. Louis. The original route was across the McKinley Bridge. Another went across Mac Aurther Bridge. Those routes created huge traffic problems for the city. The last, actually a "by-pass" went across the "Old" Chain of Rocks Bridge. The McKinley is the only bridge still open traffic. Those routes took motorists past the Eat-Rite Diner or along Chippewa and the many motor lodges located there. One of Ted Drewes Frozen Custard stands opened in 1941 when the Route 66 alignment was following Chippewa. Today in Missouri, it is possible to travel on 300 miles of roadways that were once part of the original Route 66 Highway. Below is a list of some of the places that have a connection to Route 66.
Chain of Rocks Bridge-Route 66 Bikeway - The old Chain of Rocks Bridge, once the route of Historic Route 66, has been transformed into the Route 66 Bikeway that is a little over a 1 mile long paved trail on the bridge, crossing the Mississippi River and connecting the St. Louis Riverfront Trail with the MCT Confluence Trail (via Chain of Rocks Road) in Illinois. - More Info - Tags: 62040, 63137, attractions, biking, family, featured, granite-city, historic, historic-route-66, illinois, kids, madison, madison-county-illinois-recreation, madison-county-info, missouri, national-register, northside, recreation, riverview-neighborhood, st-louis-city-info, stlcity, structure, ttd, ziphome - Public Tags: 62040,63137,City of St Louis Missouri,Granite City Illinois,Recreation
Eat Rite Diner - The Eat Rite Diner has been in business since 1940 and is part of Route 66 history. Located in downtown St Louis Missouri, it is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! - More Info - Tags: 63102, about, downtown, historic, historic-route-66, landmark, missouri, st-louis-city-info, stlcity, ziphome - Public Tags: 63102,City of St Louis Missouri,Downtown St Louis
Historic Cuba Missouri - Historic Cuba Missouri is located about one and a half hours from Downtown St Louis in Crawford County Missouri. - More Info - Tags: 65453, about, attractions, crawford, cuba, day-trips, featured, historic, historic-route-66, missouri, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, towns, ttd, ziphome - Public Tags: 65453,Cuba
Lebanon Missouri - Lebanon Missouri, located in Laclede County Missouri, has a rich Route 66 history having once been one of the many small towns located along the iconic "Mother Road". - More Info - Tags: 65536, about, missouri, historic-route-66 - Public Tags:
Meramec Caverns - Beautiful Meramec Caverns is one of the many caves and caverns found in Missouri. It is located near Stanton Missouri. - More Info - Tags: 63079, about, attractions, family, featured, franklin, franklin-county-info, historic, historic-route-66, kids, metro, missouri, st-louis-off-the-beaten-path, ttd, ziphome - Public Tags: Attractions
Route 66 State Park - Route 66 State Park features a Route 66 Museum with Route 66 memorabilia. The park also has hiking, biking and equestrian trails, a boat launch and fishing in the Meramec River and picnic facilities. It is located in West St Louis County in Eureka Missouri. - More Info - Tags: 63025, about, eureka, featured, historic, historic-route-66, missouri, parks, recreation, state, stlco, stlco-recreation, westco, westco-recreation, ziphome - Public Tags: 63025,Eureka Missouri,Recreation
Ted Drewes Frozen Custard-Chippewa - Ted Drewes Frozen Custard-Chippewa is a delectable frozen custard shop! Home of the "concrete", it is located in the St. Louis Hills Neighborhood of the City of St Louis Missouri. - More Info - Tags: 10-things, 63109, about, attractions, family, featured, historic-route-66, kids, missouri, southside, st-louis-hills-neighborhood, st-louis-summer-things-to-do, stlcity, ttd, ziphome - Public Tags: 63109,City of St Louis Missouri