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Different state, different town, same problems for Route 66 motels

May 24, 2007

HOTEL.jpgLike a number of towns along what was Route 66, the motels here in Lebanon, Missouri thrived on the through traffic. And like many of those same towns, when Route 66 went away the motels were among the first to suffer.

Here in Lebanon they line old Route 66 away from the center of town, on what feels like a near-forgotten stretch of road. The signs are faded, but they are still in business.

This is in part because unlike some of the other towns along the way such as Tucumcari, New Mexico where many of the motels have gone under because of the loss of Route 66 when it was decommissioned in 1985 Lebanon has a lot of tourists who come to this area to go fishing.

While not necessarily the biggest spenders, anglers do contribute to preventing the motels here suffering the fate of others in towns not fortunate enough to have something else to fall back on.

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I used to live on old Route 66 back in 30′s and 40′s in the town of Litchfield Ill.If somebody wants to talk to me I’m at 361 937 6357 walt

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