The Boots Motel on Route 66 at Carthage, Missouri

Room at the Boots Motel in Carthage

Room at the Boots Motel in Carthage

What a wonderful place. Located on the intersection of Route 66 with Route 71 at Carthage, the Boots Motel was saved from demolition by the local community. In 2011 it was bought by sisters Deborah Harvey and Pricilla Bledsaw who are painstakingly restoring it to its original style with period features in every room. These have to be amongst the best rooms on Route 66, one of which was a favourite of Clark Gable in the 1940’s. But the appeal of the Hotel does not stop at the rooms. Hotel Manager, Debbie Dee ensures the motel provides offers a quality of service to die for. The nightly cost of a room is interesting. Either 66 or 71 dollars, acknowledging the numbers of the routes intersecting at the location of the motel, described as the crossroads of America.

The Boots Court Motel opened its doors for business in 1939 with a gas station, in front of the residential building, later transformed to the Motel office. The architectural style of the motel is art deco / moderne. A failed attempt to demolish the building and erect a Wlagreens on its site may have been the catalyst for change which resulted in the Motel’s current incarnation. Since my first stay I have kept an eye from abroad on developments. The raise the roof campaign has fascinated me. It is a matched funded project to restore the original roof of the Boots Court Motel.

This hotel is a must for travellers on Route 66.