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J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 7 Courtesy Jackson Hole Mountain resort Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is the perfect jumping-off point for a visit to Grand Tetons. 41 M issouri was the fi rst state to complete construction of Route 66. In the middle of the state, Pulaski County claims some of the best-preserved pavement of the original route, including an original 1926 gravel sec- tion. In St. Louis, the Museum of Transportation maintains one of the largest and best collections of transportation vehicles in the world. Ted Drewes Frozen Custard on Chippewa Street opened in 1941 and still serves some of the nation's best custard. Further west, Meramec Cav- erns was a popular stop, and the cave tour highlights this hideout once used by outlaw Jesse James. Nearby Cuba boasts 12 outdoor murals, and groups can stay overnight at the completely remodeled Wagon Wheel Motel, a Route 66 destination since 1934. Route 66 runs right through the heart of Rolla. On the west end of town, a giant 1933 totem pole marks the oldest original business still in operation on Missouri's Mother Road: the Totem Pole Trading Post. On the east end, folks are welcomed by the iconic Route 66 Mule. In Pulaski County, groups can explore the revitalized Waynesville Square, the Pulaski County Courthouse Museum and the Old Stagecoach Stop Museum. In St. Robert, the new Uranus Route 66 General Store of- fers plenty of activities and themed photo ops. Visitors can mail a Route 66 postcard, postmarked from Sheldon's Market and Post Offi ce in the quaint river town of Devil's Elbow. Sites include the Elbow Inn Bar and BBQ, originally the Munger Moss Sandwich Shop. Nearby, Hooker Cut highlights the innovative road and construction techniques of the era. "Pulaski County off ers step-on tours from Devil's Elbow to Richland, plus DVD and trivia games to enhance the experience," said Beth Wiles, executive director of the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau and Visitors Center. Lebanon claims the Munger Moss Motel, built in 1946, with a vintage neon sign and auto court. Further west, the restored 1929 Gillioz e- atre is an impressive landmark in Springfi eld. e marquee sat directly on the road to attract patrons. Silent fi lms, accompanied by an organ, talkies, vaudeville and, later, more sophisticated movies entertained lo- cals and those passing through. In Carthage, the Romanesque Revival styled Jasper County Court- house, completed in 1895, is said to be the second-most-photographed building in the state. Carthage's 66 Drive-In dates to 1949 and shows movies from the fi rst weekend of April through mid-September. W W W . V I S I T M O . C O M MISSOURI Photos courtesy Missouri Division of Tourism Uranus Fudge Factory and General Store Step-on guide on Route 66 Pulaski County Museum 66 R O U T E

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