During my visit to Missouri I was lucky enough to meet up with Ron Hart, Director of the Route 66 Chamber of Commerce. I cannot thank Ron enough for the afternoon we spent together as he showed me round some of the lesser known locations on Route 66 in Carthage. And as a former professional photographer (and storm chaser!) he could help steer me towards some the locations he knew I would be looking for.
Ron set up the Route 66 Chamber of Commerce to provide visitors with information to help them plan an adventure on the Historic Mother Road of America. He also established the Chamber website, which at 94 pages is largest Route 66 website in the world! It is well worth checking the site out if you are planning a journey along Route 66. It would also be worth tracking down Ron if you are in Carthage. I found him generous with his time and he has a wealth of useful information about all of Route 66.
And about Carthage? It is one of the most interesting towns on the Mother Road in Missouri. For the historians there are several different alignments of the route around the location. Carthage is also home to the Route 66 Drive in Theatre, the Boots and Keri Lake Motels and Whisler’s Drive up Hamburgers. A short drive away is the unique Red Oak 2 village and Gary Turner’s Gay Parita at paris Springs near Halltown.
At the time of my visit the office of the Route 66 Chamber of Commerce was located in the Boots Motel.