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Historic Route 66

One of the first concrete-paved portions of Missouri's highway system was the stretch of road west of Carthage to Joplin. It was laid in 1920, becoming part of Route 66. Along Route 66 through Carthage, you will find Kellogg Lake, Carthage Municipal Park, 66 Drive-In and the 1939 Boots Motel.

Just a few blocks from the Historic Town Square is the famous Boots Motel. This classic example of Streamline Modern Architecture is one of the last left standing along Route 66. Established by Arthur Boots in 1939, the motel is still open today with a radio in every room.


Home to one of the few surviving drive-in theaters left in America, 66 Drive-In is still in operation today along the old highway. The Theatre's season runs from April through October, with double features shown every weekend.

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Historic Stops on Route 66 in Carthage

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