"The Mother Road" was established on November 11, 1926, and ultimately stretched 2,448 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles. Westbound travelers traversed a series of towns in Illinois before arriving in St. Louis. Route 66 across Missouri stretched 317 miles and connected a variety of large cities and small towns, traversing rolling hills and valleys.
The Mother Road followed much of the Kickapoo, or Osage, Trail, an Indian trail that later became the Old Wire Road.
Like other Route 66 segments, the actual alignment varied over the years as engineering improvements were constructed.
We've driven much of Route 66, including multiple segments across Missouri, and made visits to the ever popular Meramec Caverns.
Beneath the fertile rolling hills of the Meramec Valley near Stanton and Sullivan, Missouri, lies a complex of mineral formations and color as rare and unique as they are beautiful. These jewels of nature which took thousands of years to grow, are preserved in the spectacular sights of Meramec Caverns.
Guided tours by trained rangers are conducted along well-lighted walkways. Take Exit 230 off Interstate I-44 at Stanton ... the address is 1135 Highway W, Sullivan, MO 63080
The Caverns are a popular destination for Mother Road travelers in Missouri as it is only aobut 3.5 miles from Route 66!
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