Day 8 - St. Louis, MO to St. Clair, MO
Old Route 66 travels diagonally through the state, following the course of the Osage Trail, the Kickapoo Trace, and later the Federal Wire Road. Perhaps more than any other state through which Route 66 passes, Missouri is a region of great contrasts. Something of the spirit of Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer and Harold Bell Wright’s The Shepherd of the Hills is still present here, along with the torment of civil and border wars. Yet there is also a lingering sense of willing endurance as once embodied in Pony Express riders and the redoubtable Charles Lindberg.
Federal Wire Road
The Old Wire Road is a historic road in Missouri and Arkansas. Several local roads are still known by this name. It followed an old Native American route, the Great Osage Trail across the Ozarks and became a road along telegraph lines from St. Louis, M to Fort Smith, Arkansas.This route was also used by the Butterfield Overland Mail. It was known as the "Wire Road" while the telegraph line was up, but when the line was later removed, it simply became known as the "Old Wire Road". In St. Louis, where the road begins at Jefferson Barraks, it is called Telegraph Road. From St. Louis to Springfield, MO, where it became designated Route 14 (which, in turn, later became US Route 66 and still later I-44.
At Springfield, it turned southwest and passed through what is now Wilson's Creek National Battlefield. From the Battlefield it meandered southwest through Christian and Stone Counties in Missouri towards the Arkansas state line. It passed near Pea Ridge, AK to Fayetteville, AK, on its way to Fort Smith, Arkansas.
It was used as part of the Trail of Tears and during the Civil War, when Confederate soldiers often cut the telegraph line.
And now on to today's route information....
Red Cedar Inn - Family-run eatery that has been in business since the 1930s, and whose dominant physical feature consists of the hand-cut logs used in its construction.
Hot and cold water towers
I had a wonderful lunch here with Bill K and Rich G. /////it was just a short ride from the hotel to the charming downtown area of St. Clair, MO.