Route 66 in the News
Route 66 Exhibit at Jasper County Courthouse
CARTHAGE, Mo. - Historic preservation is celebrated at the Jasper County courthouse on Thursday with a ribbon cutting to honor the efforts to establish a Route 66 display.
Former commissioner Chuck Surface initiated the grant process and gained funding from the Missouri Department of Transportation for the display designed like the Boots Drive-In restaurant.
Curator of collections Chris Wiseman says he hopes people take away the rich history the city and county played with Route 66.
"It was the string of stops along the way and it was these buildings like the Boots Drive-In that drew people from one location to another fueled them so they could go on to the next stop," Wiseman says.
Commissioners also celebrated the preservation of the peace star on top of the courthouse.
Jim Honey thanked Ruth Kolpin Rubison for donations to purchase longer lasting LED lighting for it.