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The Boots Motel now July 30, 2012

Posted by Ron Warnick in Motels, Preservation.

Here’s a recent video about the Boots Motel in Carthage, Mo., after it reopened to overnight travelers following a decade-long hiatus:

Stevo Svoboda has a bunch of other Route 66-related videos at his YouTube channel.

On a related note, the Boots Motel has started a fundraising drive to remove its gabled roof and restore it to the original flat roof, as seen from a vintage postcard:

The Boots received a cost-share grant from the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program for the project, and needs to come up with the other half of the cash. If you’ve got a few bucks to spare to help in this effort, you can contribute here, as I’ve done.


1. KW - July 31, 2012

We stayed there in June, and I highly recommend it. The room we stayed in has been very nicely restored, we were given a tour of the place and had a great night’s sleep. There are a couple of good restaurants within walking distance, but we really enjoyed breakfast at the Bradbury Bishop Deli just up the road in Webb City.

2. Stevo Svoboda - July 31, 2012

Thanks for the link…


3. CarlB - August 16, 2012

The grant and the “raze the roof” fundraising activity were eventually reported in the Carthage local paper: http://www.carthagepress.com/article/20120804/NEWS/120809741 (Aug 4) “Boots Motel receives federal grant”

Oddly, there’s nothing on the motel’s own website about this. It appeared on a Facebook page “Save the Boots Motel” but certainly more does need to be done to get the word out.

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