Review: Route 66 in the Missouri Ozarks (Images of America)



Title: Route 66 in the Missouri Ozarks (Images of America)

Author: Joe Sonderman

Genre: History

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

Publication Date: 2009

Description: Route 66 in the Missouri Ozarks picks up the journey west where its companion book, Route 66 in St. Louis, leaves off. As Bobby Troup’s song says, Route 66 travels “more than 2,000 miles all the way.” But one would be hard-pressed to “Show Me” a more scenic and historic segment than the Missouri Ozarks. The highway is lined with buildings covered with distinctive Ozark rock. It winds through a region of deep forests, sparkling streams, hidden caves, and spectacular bluffs. This book will take the traveler from Crawford County to the Kansas line. Along the way, there are small towns and urban centers, hotels and motels, cafes and souvenir stands. Take the time to explore Missouri’s Route 66–it is waiting at the next exit.

Joe Sonderman is a St. Louis radio personality and traffic reporter. He fell in love with the Ozarks and with Route 66 during childhood vacations to Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks. His Web site includes over 5,000 vintage images of Route 66. Sonderman has assembled hundreds of postcard views from his collection and archival images, some never before published. Together they show what a journey through the heartland was like when getting there was half the fun.


Joe Sonderman follows Route 66 from Crawford County to the state line with vintage photos. Each photo has a detailed description, many stating when the photos were taken anywhere from the 1920’s to the 1950’s, when the buildings were built, and some even have when the buildings were demolished. This would be a fun book to take on a trip on Route 66 to see how many of the places are still there. I looked for places I recognized in the Jasper county section and I did see the Route 66 Drive-in which my family still goes to on occasion but many of the other places in that county are long gone.

You can order this new book from Sleepygirl’s Used Books here.

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