U.S. Route 66 in Missouri

U.S. Route 66 In Missouri

U.S. Route 66 in Missouri

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U.S. Route 66 in Missouri ran from downtown St. Louis at the Mississippi River to the Kansas state line west of Joplin. The highway was originally Route 14 from St. Louis to Joplin and Route 1F from Joplin to Kansas. It underwent two major realignments (in the St. Louis and Joplin areas) and several lesser realignments in the cities of St. Louis, Springfield, and Joplin. Current highways covering several miles of the former highway include Route 100, Route 366, Route 266, Route 96, and Route 66. Interstate 44 approximates much of US 66 between St. Louis and Springfield.

Missouri was the first state to erect a historic marker on US 66. It is located at Kearney Street and Glenstone Avenue in northeast Springfield. A new marker, designating the highway as a National Scenic Byway, was erected May 5, 2006. The historic alignment in Missouri is marked based on the route in 1935.

US 66 in the St. Louis area

The original route through St. Louis entered Missouri on the McKinley Bridge in St. Louis and continued west on Salisbury Street, turned south on Florissant Street, then west on Manchester Road (Route 100). It joined the later alignment at Gray Summit.

The first major re-alignment of US 66 involved the construction of Watson Road (now Route 366). The road was realigned down Chippewa Street and Watson Road. Interstate 44 was built down Watson Road for several miles west of Sunset Hills. With this realignment, US 66 crossed the Mississippi on MacArthur Bridge. The...
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