Obscure Route 66
Learn about the history and efforts to preserve this landmark highway
Embark on a captivating journey into the lesser-known history of Route 66 in St. Louis with the upcoming Unseen STL History Talks.
The event will take place on June 15th at Spine Indie Bookstore and Cafe, located at 1982 Arsenal St., St. Louis, beginning at 7:00 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM.
Joe Sonderman and Elizabeth Olwig will explore the fascinating history of Route 66's path through North St. Louis. Often overlooked by mainstream publications and travelers alike, this portion of the famous highway offers a rich history of its own.
The evening's discussion will cover a broad range of intriguing topics, including the story behind the unusual bend in the Chain of Rocks Bridge, the historic cemeteries bisected by Route 66, and the intriguing tale of a bowling world landmark. Attendees will also learn about the first Route 66 Mississippi River crossing, significant landmark churches, and Route 66's connection to the 1904 World's Fair.
As advocates for the preservation of Route 66’s history, Sonderman and Olwig firmly believe in raising awareness about the past to safeguard the future of this historic route.
Sonderman, editor of the Route 66 Association Magazine, Show Me 66, and author of 14 books on Route 66, brings to the table a wealth of knowledge accumulated over decades. His engagement with the public through his Facebook pages, Vintage St. Louis and Missouri Historic Highways, and his website, 66postcards.com, keeps the history of Route 66 alive and thriving.
Olwig, a photojournalist and Route 66 enthusiast, has dedicated her career to documenting historic moments before they vanish. Her passion for Route 66 was ignited a decade ago, and she has since been an active participant in events focusing on the preservation and restoration of the Mother Road. Her dream is to establish an information center and art gallery in a historic Route 66 building in St. Louis. You can follow her work on Instagram and Facebook.
Don't miss out on this enlightening evening that aims to uncover the ignored and forgotten history of Route 66. Your view of St. Louis and the iconic Route 66 will be forever changed.
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