New owners vow to restore iconic Route 66 motel in Carthage

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 | 9:26 a.m. CDT

CARTHAGE — An iconic motel along Route 66 in southwest Missouri might be a tourist attraction again.

The man who marketed the Boots Motel in Carthage says the owners plan to renovate it and reopen it as a tourist site and boutique motel.

Jim Hunter, who marketed the motel, told The Joplin Globe that the new owners will be sisters Priscilla Bledsaw and Deborah Harvey. He says neither sister lives in Missouri but they wanted to buy a motel along Route 66 to operate when they retire. The sale will be final later this month.

The motel opened in 1939 at the intersection of U.S. Highways 66 and 71. It attracted people from across the country when Route 66 was a main thoroughfare that stretched from Chicago to Los Angeles.


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