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Route 66 in the Ozarks

2009-06-09 21:02:10

CARTHAGE, Mo. - Jasper County, including Carthage and the surrounding area, is prominently included in a new book “Route 66 in the Missouri Ozarks.”

Written by Joe Sonderman, a St. Louis radio personality and traffic reporter, the book picks up the journey of the Mother Road west where its companion book, “Route 66 in St. Louis,” leaves off.

The book is a compilation of photos and postcards of points of interest on Route 66 that runs through eight counties -- Crawford, Phelps, Pulaski, Laclede, Webster, Green, Lawrence and Jasper. Some of the points of interest are still standing or operating, while some are only memories.

According to his bio, Sonderman “fell in love with the Ozarks and with Route 66 during childhood vacations to Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks." His Web site includes more than 5,000 vintage images of Route 66. Sonderman has assembled hundreds of postcard views from his collection and archival images, some never before published. Together, they show what a journey through the heartland was like when getting there was half the fun.

Highlights of “Route66 in the Missouri Ozarks” include:

According to the book's description, “this book will take the traveler from Crawford County to the Kansas line. Along the way, there are small towns and urban centers, hotels and motels, cafes and souvenir stands. Take the time to explore Missouri’s Route 66 -- it is waiting at the next exit.”

Some of the Carthage photos included in the book are:

Several Joplin and Webb City points of interest also are in the book, including, The Ozark Motel, The Twin Oaks Court at Range Line and 4th Street; The Keystone Hotel at Fourth and Main streets; Bob Miller’s Restaurant, The Elms Motel at the corner of Range Line and 7th Street; and the Little Kings Hotel Court where one could pick up information about the famous “Spook Light.”

The book is published by Arcadia Publishing.

~Buzz Ball, Carthage Press


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