News Release 359

Open house and presentation planned Oct. 22 at Route 66 State Park

Volume 39-359 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., OCT. 12, 2011 -- The public is invited to bring their ideas to an open house Saturday, Oct. 22 at Route 66 State Park near Eureka. The open house will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at the park’s visitor center, with a special Route 66 presentation at 1 p.m. Both events are open to the public, and refreshments will be served.
During the open house, representatives from the park will be on hand to review recent activities and projects and discuss any future projects. Visitors will be invited to share comments regarding park operations and future plans for development.
In conjunction with the open house, visitors are invited to attend a presentation by Connie and Riva Echols titled “The Wagon Wheel Motel Restoration and its Historic Features.” The presentation will include a brief history of the motel, located in Cuba, its owners, the motel's stone mason and his architecture, and before and after pictures of the restoration. Connie Echols is the owner and restorer of the Historic Wagon Wheel Motel, the oldest continuously operating motel on Route 66, and Connie’s Shoppe. Riva Echols is the historic author of The Wagon Wheel Motel on Route 66. Connie and Riva are sisters and longtime Cuba residents. A book signing will follow the presentation.
The open house is part of an ongoing effort by Missouri State Parks to ensure citizens have input on facilities and services offered in state parks and historic sites.
Route 66 State Park is located two miles east of Eureka off Interstate 44 in St. Louis County. People requiring special services or accommodations to attend the open house can make arrangements by calling the park directly at 636-938-7198 or by calling the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For information about state parks and historic sites, visit