News Release 571

Open house and presentation planned Oct. 16 at Route 66 State Park

Volume 38-571 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, SEPT. 29, 2010 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources invites you to bring your ideas to an open house on Saturday, Oct. 16 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 presentation at 1 p.m. Both events are open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

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 Jane Lee titled “Just across the Bridge: The History of Times Beach and the Route 66 Meramec River Bridge in St. Louis County, Missouri.” Lee, a historian with the Missouri Department of Transportation, will discuss the history of the Times Beach community and explore the historical link between Times Beach and Route 66, including the historical significance of the old Route 66 Meramec River bridge. Lee has a masters in anthropology, specializing in historical archaeology and historical studies. In 2008-2009, she acted as the organizer for the historical exhibits at MoDOT’s award-winning Route 66 Welcome Center on I-44 at Conway, Mo.   

The open house is part of an ongoing effort by the department to ensure that 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. Persons 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 department 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