Artist (and Webb City Mayor) John Biggs depicts Route 66 from Chicago to Webb City in this 15' X 32" mural on the Bruner Building, one block north of 66 on Main Street, in downtown Webb City, MO.
The mural includes the Chicago and St. Louis skylines along with the local Jasper County courthouse, the historic Webb home and the Praying Hands monument in Webb City.
Note the Route 66 Main Street America sign.
Between Webb City and Carterville, take a look to the north as you cross the railroad tracks for a "Route Rarity". No, it's not a mine structure as many believe.
Amidst the "leavings" from the mining days, the structure on the right is part of a trestle that carried the Trolly Car that linked Carthage, Carterville, Webb City, Joplin and points west.
The Trolly also ran alongside Route 66 and ON route 66 in some locations! You can see a restored trolly at the Chamber of Commerce at the south end of Main Street.
Left: Funeral trollys transported the deceased and the grieving family members to area cemeteries.
Below is a Joplin & Pittsburg (KS.) electric trolly that often travelled on parts of Route 66.
During "Mining Days" and other special celebrations, Webb City rolls-out the only remaining, and fully restored trolly. This late 1800's beauty travels around the lake and fairgrounds and is located at the Chamber of Commerce building at the south end of Main Street off Hwy. 171. The demise of the trolly service was speeded-up by the advent of affordable personal motorcars in the 1930's. (Below): "The Kneeling Miner" was recently re-bronzed and dedicated, and along with the giant "Praying Hands Monument, is also located on Hwy. 171. The Parade and other events were held the next day (photos below), along with many other events held at the Fairgrounds. Over 20 Marching Bands made this a big event on 66!
Above: A period corner gas station (above) has been restored (below), and is now home to the Chamber of Commerce and Route 66 Visitors Center. It is one block west of Main Street where 66 turns south. Be sure to stop-in.
Model T 's, Metros and Caddy's
VISIT 66.com News Van in the Parade
Webb City's Route 66 Movie
Theater on Main Street.
(A neon delight!)
Car Shows and Cruises, Spring till the end of Summer
Member: Route 66 Chamber of Commerce
JE Auto Repair
Webb City, MO., 2 blocks North of Route 66 on Main St.
"I highly recommend JE as they have resolved my vehicle problems quickly and at a fair price." Ron Hart, Route 66 Chamber
1920's era U.S.Filling Station across from the Post Office was built by the Government to service it's new fleet of automobiles and trucks.
Restoration begins in 2016!
Located on Historic Route 66 heading West...a tribute to Webb City's Route 66
and Mining Heritage