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The true story about the ruins at Plano, Mo. December 5, 2013

Posted by Ron Warnick in Businesses, Gas stations, History.
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The Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader did a public service Wednesday, namely clearing up fact from fiction about the much-photographed limestone ruins at the ghost town of Plano, Mo., on Route 66.

Among the wild claims — no doubt fueled by the ruins’ gothic appearance — were the building once served as a casket factory or a mortuary. Either is untrue.

Jackie Warfel, who researched the site, pieced together its history:

  • The 50-by-60-foot site was built in 1902 from native limestone by John Jackson and his family.
  • The first floor became a general store managed by Jackson’s son and two daughters.
  • The upstairs was living quarters, along with a large room for meetings, dances, court sessions and church services.
  • A mortuary and casket factory later was housed in a wooden building across the street. No embalming was done there, and the building no longer stands.
  • A rock building on the southeast corner of the crossroads once was a Tydol gas station and store. It’s now a private residence, and is a striking sight in its own right. Here’s a photo of it.
  • Plano went extinct when the community and Route 66 were bypassed by Interstate 44.

The Plano ruins are at Missouri 266 (aka Route 66) and Farm Road 45 (map here).

(Image of the Plano ruins courtesy of Ace Jackalope)

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1. Allan - December 5, 2013

thanks! You made my day…

C.A
Past 66er (July 2006)


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