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Book: Things to Look for On Route 66 in St. Louis

by Kip Welborn

Our organization is offering for sale a book I penned called "Things to Look for On Route 66 in St. Louis." It is a book that I hope will guide you down the many alignments that Route 66 takes through the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County-from the Illinois suburbs on the "Eastside" to the Franklin County Line (and will hopefully compliment the new signs that you will find cruising Route 66 in St. Louis courtesy of the Route 66 Association of Missouri). It also points out various "places to look out for" while you are cruising the different alignments, as well as other tidbits about Route 66 in St. Louis. The Book is divided up into the "Salisbury" alignment (which crossed the McKinley Bridge), the "Chouteau" alignment (which crossed the Municipal/MacArthur Bridge); the "Official/Bypass Route" (which crossed the Chain of Rocks Bridge and went around St. Louis); the "City" Route (which crossed the Chain of Rocks and Municipal/MacArthur Bridges and went through the City of St. Louis.); and the later Routes which crossed the Veterans and Poplar St. Bridges. While not every twist and turn in these alignments is covered, you will hopefully see not only most of Route 66 in St. Louis but also a lot of what this great City has to offer.

The book sells for $10.00. Mailing costs are an additional $2.25. A couple of bucks will go towards putting the book together, and the rest will go to Friends of the Mother Road, Inc. for preservation efforts (including its efforts to preserve the Luna Motel Sign in Mitchell, IL). It is in black and white and bound so that it is easy to flip the pages while you are cruising.

Here's a chance to figure out Route 66 in St. Louis and how to help icons on our Beloved Mother Road all at once. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery.

Friends of the Mother Road, Inc., thanks you for your patronage and your contribution to its preservation work....Kip Welborn, Friends of the Mother Road, Inc.



Things to Look for On Route 66 in St. Louis

Necklaces

We are offering handmade necklaces like the ones shown at right, each with a pendant containing a fragment of Route 66 collected from an  abandoned, partially broken-up stretch of the Mother Road near Staunton, IL.

The necklace on the right is an example of our plain necklaces. These are made from rocaille or seed beads.

The necklace on the left is an example of our fancy necklaces. These are also made from rocaille or seed beads, but they also contain tiny semiprecious stones. Available stones include turquoise, malachite, rose quartz, hematite, goldstone, snowflake, and a clear, bluish stone we haven't been able to identify.

The pendants shown above are regular pendants. Specialty pendants also are available, including pendants with a bit of yellow fog line paint on them and pendants made from small fragments of the surface of the bridge decking from the old Chain of Rocks Bridge connecting Illinois and Missouri. (The bridge was renovated and the old surface removed and replaced a few years ago.)

Not pictured are our hemp necklaces -- handmade macrame necklaces crafted from hemp cord and embellished with pony beads and the pendant of your choice.

Prices are as follows:

Plain or hemp necklace with plain pendant: $10
Plain or hemp necklace with fog line pendant: $12
Plain or hemp necklace with Chain of Rocks Bridge pendant: $15
Fancy necklace with plain pendant: $15
Fancy necklace with fog line pendant: $17
Fancy necklace with Chain of Rocks Bridge pendant: $20

 

Route 66 Photographs

We also offer sepia prints of scenes along the road from Chicago to L.A. These high-quality images, shot by Friends member Emily Priddy during two recent trips on the Mother Road, are suitable for use in a home, office or road-themed restaurant. They also make a great gift for that Route 66er who has everything.

Prices are as follows:

Framed and matted images:

5x7 sepia print: $25
8x10 sepia print: $50

Unframed images:

5x7 sepia print: $5
8x10 sepia print: $10

Frames are black museum-style frames with pop-out glass and architectural-style mat.

Many images available; e-mail us for a list. Before we ship your picture, we'll send you a thumbnail image via e-mail to make sure what you want is what you're getting.

For more information or to order a necklace or photograph, e-mail us.

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