Pulaski County Tourism Bureau Executive Director Beth Wiles has announced that her team has expanded the “Route 66 Driving Tour” brochure.
The free guide, first offered in 2001, now includes more than 66 points of interest, including 10 “detour-worthy side trips,” and seven “roadie- inspired tips” to enhance your Route 66 experience in Pulaski County.
The brochure takes inspiration from Jack Rittenhouse’s 1946 “A Guide Book to Highway 66” and is adapted from “Route 66 in Pulaski County, Missouri (a local history)” by historian and author Terry Primas.
The updated version of the brochure also includes more than 20 vintage Route 66 postcards, almost triple the prior amount. The images were provided by the John F. Bradbury, Jr. Collection and Route 66 author and aficionado Joe Sonderman.
The expansion project was managed by Tourism Bureau content creator Laura Huffman. Huffman is also a local historian and lifelong Route 66 enthusiast. She said that the guide was produced, “by a Route 66 fan for Route 66 fans. It’s a keepsake.”
For the first time, the booklet now includes detailed directions to Pulaski County’s abandoned “ghost section,” a short two-lane 1930’s alignment at the former Morgan Heights community. The brochure also details Waynesville’s significance to Route 66 as the “Birthplace of the Byway.”
The turn-by-turn directions guide visitors, travelers and tourists to Route 66 alignments that date to the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Pulaski County’s boundaries include 33 miles of drivable sections of Historic Route 66.
Wiles said the complimentary guide includes driving tours of historic Fort Leonard Wood and of the former Frisco Railroad line through Dixon, Crocker and Richland, and is available just in time for the 2018 tourism season.
The updated guide has been submitted to the Route 66 Association of Missouri’s magazine, “Show Me Route 66,” for inclusion in an upcoming issue.
The free guide can be pre-ordered by contacting Pulaski County Tourism Bureau at 573.336.6355 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. It will also be distributed to Pulaski County businesses that cater to travelers along the route. Pulaski County residents can pick up a copy at the Visitors Center at 137 St. Robert Boulevard in St. Robert.
(Editor’s note: Article provided by the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.)