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Missouri History Museum honors St. Louis connections to Route 66

ST. LOUIS — To mark the 90th anniversary of Route 66 this November, the Missouri History Museum has developed Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis, a 6,000-square-foot exhibition that explores the local history of the world-famous highway.

Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis runs from June 25 through July 16, 2017.

The exhibit covers iconic motels, custard stands and tourist traps associated with the highway, which connected Chicago and Los Angeles, including some places still in existence such as Ted Drewes, Crown Candy Kitchen, Carl’s Drive In and the Chase Hotel.

Other St. Louis area sites along the road that no longer exist include the Coral Court Motel, the Parkmoor, the Chain of Rocks Amusement Park and the 66 Park-In Theatre.

Artifacts include neon signs like the original sign from the La Casa Grande Motel on Watson, and classic cars including a 1963 Corvette Stingray Convertible and a 1957 Airstream Travel Trailer.