There is a part of Route 66 in Missouri that was a little late to the party. It was one of the last areas that had its road paved, but that was short-lived as it would eventually be abandoned into what is now more or less a ghost town where 20 souls remain.
When I think of Route 66, I think of nostalgic journeys down a historic highway. A recent documentary tells an entirely different story as many could not travel its roads safely especially in Missouri and Illinois.
There are very few restaurants in Missouri that have such a rich backstory like this one. It's a historic roadhouse along legendary Route 66 in Missouri that has served some of the most iconic American personalities over the decades. It also might be very haunted, too.
Thanks in part to famous Route 66, Missouri has had its share of great burger places and diners over the years. One has the distinction of being the first ever drive-thru restaurant and yes it all began in the Show Me State.
Have you ever had an event in your life so affect you that it changed the trajectory of your journey and sent you off into a new adventure? That happened to a Missouri man who had one singular moment affect him so deeply, he built a memorial to the Trail of Tears in Missouri.
It used to be known as being the only bridge on Route 66 that featured a curve. Now, this Missouri bridge known as Devil's Curve has been left behind by time although life continues to cross it to this day.
When you're cruising down historic Route 66, you never know what you might see. Please don't freak out if you journey down the Illinois part of it and are suddenly at the feet of a giant muffler man. It'll be OK. I promise.