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Mule Trading Post

Rolla, Missouri

the Mule sign
Animated neon sign at the Mule Trading Post

The Mule Trading Post is located on the east side of Rolla, and features both Route 66 souvenirs and legitimate antiques.

In 2007, the Mule's owners, Carl and Zelma Smith, succeeded in obtaining a huge, animated “hillbilly” sign that used to stand in front of another Route 66 trading post near Devil's Elbow. Now, it has a commanding view of the highway next door to the Mule.


Hillbilly sign
The recently-added Hillbilly sign

Not only do the arms of the hillbilly sign rotate, but a close look at the neon mule's-head sign reveals that it has duplicate sets of neon tubing outlining the beast's ears, indicating that when turned on, the mule's ears will appear to flap. Check it out after dark.


Vintage postcard showing the Mule circa 1970s


About the Mule Trading Post
Business Type: Gifts/Merchandise
Owner(s): Carl & Zelma Smith
Address: 11160 Dillon Outer Rd, Rolla, MO 65401
Telephone: 573.364.4711
Web site:
Directions: Just northeast of town at the I-44/Exit 189 interchange. See also our GPS-based Clickable G-Maps.


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