Route 66 Neon Park Planned for St. Robert, MO
Our thanks to Jim Thole for supplying the following news from our Route 66 neighbor, Missouri.
The Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation organization is excited to announce its plan to develop “Route 66 Neon Park” within the City of St. Robert in George M Reed Roadside Park, which is located in a wide median area between the eastbound and westbound lanes of Route 66. The Route 66 Neon Park will be the first of its kind to be developed along the 2,448 miles of the Mother Road which runs from Chicago, IL to Santa Monica, CA, and will feature restored, orphaned Route 66 neon signs in an outdoor park-like setting with corresponding story boards to inform the public about the history of each sign.
Eligible signs would be those that were originally along the Route between 1926 and 1985, have been abandoned and do not have a home, and would not otherwise return to the Mother Road without a park such as this. Currently the roadside park is home to a US Army M-60 tank which will remain within the park, and be embellished to tell the story of the importance of Route 66 as a thoroughfare for transporting war material during WWII. For additional information on the namesake of the roadside park visit this article
"Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation is excited to offer a prime location to preserve and memorialize this particular element of the Route’s culture," said Beth Wiles, President of the organization. “Pulaski County has an opportunity to become an anchor destination along the Route with this development. Mother Road enthusiasts from around the world will want to make Pulaski County a preferred stop to see the ‘neon at night’ in this unique park.”
For those wanting to be a part of this new development go to the Kickstarter Campaign - Route 66 Neon Park, which offers various levels of backing designed to appeal to individuals, associations and corporations. Back this project TODAY, as the campaign runs for a limited time. For more information about the Route 66 Neon Park project, visit our website.
The opportunity for this development began in November 2013 during the "The Road Ahead" Strategic Roundtable hosted by the World Monument Fund in Anaheim, CA, where Beth Wiles, Executive Director of the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau, was in attendance. One of the speakers there was Jim Thole, chairman of the Neon Heritage Preservation Committee of the Route 66 Association of Missouri, who described the Association’s vision to establish a neon park in Missouri for orphaned Route 66 neon signs. Ensuing discussions between those two parties then led to St. Robert becoming the proposed home for these former icons of the Mother Road.
The Route 66 Association of Missouri and the City of St. Robert will also be the organization’s partners in this endeavor.
For additional information contact
Beth Wiles, President
Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation
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