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2012 Route 66 Association Of Missouri Motor Tour

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The Summer is coming up, and with it comes the opportuities for trips down our beloved Mother Road...the Route 66 Association of Illinois will be holding their motor tour June 8-10 (for info go to www.il66assoc.org)

and there will be the Route 66 nternational Festival in California August 9-12 in Victorville, CA (for info go to www.Route66Festival2012.com )


So you get past the summer, and you STILL want to get your KICKS? Well, The Route 66 Association is happy to oblige! The Missouri Association has been holding an annual Motor Tour the same second week of September every year since 1989. Twenty Two motor tours have together people from around the world, and has taken people to interesting places from Oklahoma to Illinois and has hopefully given the thousands that have taken the tour some fantastic memories from the Mother Road.




This year, the Route 66 Association of Missouri will be heading “Westward Ho!” on its 23rd Annual Motor tour. This year’s tour will be held September 7th, 8th, and 9th. starting east of Carlinville, IL and ending in Lebanon, MO. Tour registration begins on Friday, September 7, at 4:00 p.m. at the Magnuson Grand Hotel, located just off I-55 at Exit 60 (Carlinville exit off of I-55) east of Carlinville, MO, where a block of rooms has been reserved for tour goers. Registration will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Hotel. Also, on Saturday night, there will be lots of activities, including a car show and complimentary Hors D'oeuvres for tour goers to enjoy. More information on activities will be available at registration.

On Saturday, September 8, tour registration will resume at 7:45 a.m., and the tour will depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Magnuson Grand Hotel. Tour goers will be provided a pamphlet at registration containing recommended but in no way mandatory stops between Carlinville and Lebanon. This will give you the opportunity to select your own stops and proceed at your own pace. Additional details on what to see on the way will be included in your Motor Tour Agenda Folder available at registration. In addition, tour goers will have the opportunity to cross the Chain of Rocks Bridge at a cost of $5.00 (you must pay in cash at the bridge to cross). If you want to cross the Bridge, you must be at the Illinois entrance to the Bridge by 11:30 a.m. Tour goers will proceed from the Magnuson Grand Hotel, through St. Louis (passing Ted Drewes), and on to the Meramec Caverns Motel at Meramec Caverns (aka Jesse James’ hideout), located 3 miles south of Stanton, MO on CR W. We have arranged for a block of rooms to be held at the Meramec Caverns Motel, and Saturday night’s dinner will be held at the Caverns, where tour goers can chew the fat about the days events. There will also be a silent auction held at dinnertime.

On Sunday there will be a nondenominational worship service at 8:00 a.m. At 8:30 a.m., tour goers will leave Meramec Caverns and proceed to Waynesville (recommended stops will be included in the pamphlet). In Waynesville, tour goers will have the opportunity to tour the Pulaski County Historical Society Museum and the old Stagecoach stop, (a relic of our days of westward expansion) and otherwise congregate to proceed, caravan style (starting at 12:00 p.m.), to D. C. Decker’s Cowboy Emporium, located in the former Wrink’s Market in Lebanon. There we will end the tour in true cowboy style with a chuck wagon lunch featuring cowboy stew and biscuits at 1:30 p.m. Additional information on any planned stops or activities along the way will be made available at registration.

For more information contact Kip Welborn at (314-776-7385), rudkip@sbcglobal.net, Jane Dippel at 314-843-7132, vestaon66@cs.com, or visit our website (where you will find a registration form you can download) at www.missouri66.org. Here’s hoping that you can join us on our trek Westward Ho! on our 23rd Annual Motor Tour.


Kip Welborn, cochair, motor tour committee

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