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Route 66 views from Devil’s Elbow

Cruising down the highway, the next stop takes travelers to Pulaski County, where they can enjoy spectacular views of the Mother Road from Devil’s Elbow, a 1923 thru-truss bridge over the Big Piney River.
It is considered by many to be the most scenic spot on Route 66. Travelers can also visit Hooker Cut, the deepest pavement along Route 66 – it was a favorite picture for postcards in the 1930s – and enjoy a delicious meal at the Elbow Inn BBQ, originally the Munger-Moss Sandwich Shop.
The restaurant looks much the same as it did when Route 66 was in its prime. Pulaski County also features several historical sites of interest including the Old Pulaski County Court House, built in 1903, and the restored Old Stagecoach Stop.

Lebanon is home to Barrels of Fun.
Visitors can see how their white oak whiskey barrels are manufactured and enjoy wine tastings, a visitor center and gift shop. Also in Lebanon, the marvelous 1940s Munger-Moss Motel, built in 1946, is a Route 66 landmark. Avid shoppers will enjoy a visit to the VF Factory Outlet, which features dozens of stores.

The next stop takes travelers to Springfield.
While in Springfield travelers can visit Bass Pro Outdoor World, one of the nation’s largest outdoor sporting goods stores, and also enjoy North America’s only ride-through cave tour at Fantastic Caverns. The tour follows the path of an ancient underground river.
Springfield is also home to several historic hotels, including the Route 66 Rail Haven Motel; the Rest Haven Motor Court built in 1947 with a classic Route 66 sign that still operates; and the Kentwood Arms Hotel built in 1926, but now owned by Springfield Missouri State University.

Republic, just outside of Springfield, features Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield. The site of the first Civil War battle in Missouri has been meticulously preserved on these grounds. The visitor center includes films and exhibits and a five-mile tour of the 1,750-acre battlefield.
Not far from the Battlefield is the George Washington Carver Monument in Diamond.
The 210-acre site is the birthplace of the famous African-American agricultural scientist. This attraction features a visitor’s center, walking trail, Discover Center, picnic area and videos on Dr. Carver’s life. Adventurers looking to see a rare stretch of the original Route 66 can visit Spencer, an old ghost town created when the highway was rerouted.
The town has portion of the original concrete road.

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