Hazelgreen, Missouri detour for glimpse of old Route 66

May 25, 2007


Less than 20 miles east of Lebanon, Missouri on old Route 66, there is a section of no more than a couple of miles that gives travellers a glimpse of the iconic highway as it once was.

First, you come across one of the metal arched bridges that are often associated with old U.S. and in particular Route 66.

Its old, portions of it are rusting, but its solid. And an awful lot of fun to cross.

Only a mile or two further along the road you reach the small town of Hazelgreen, which has a population of around 4,000.Gas station3.jpg

Not much of the town is visible from this portion of old Route 66. But near the top of a rise an old gas station appears, which has clearly not been in use for many years. Much of it is covered in creepers so it’s probably moreĀ  visible in winter crumbling and rusting away. It’s not impossible to imagine it back in the day, pumping gasoline for people travelling east or west along Route 66.

Well worth the detour.

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