The Joplin City Hall was filled with artists honoring Route 66 on its 90th birthday. Pat Tuttle is with the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau and he wanted this date to be remembered, just like the road.
“It all started in 1926 in Springfield when they got the telegram from the federal government that the numbered road system has been adopted,” said Pat Tuttle with the Joplin Conservation and Visitors Bureau.
And, Route 66 has been a big part of the area.
“Part of Route 66 goes back to the mining area. It was already established back in the Civil War era that this was a route between the Tri-State mining district. Once Route 66 was developed and laid out, they already used the existing route to do that,” Tuttle explained.
Three artists were on hand to draw special Route 66-themed art that will be on display in City Hall.
“It’s great opportunity for us artists to be a part of this. And, I think it’s awesome that Joplin has this tourism,” said artist Tom Jones.
Tom Jones has fond memories of the Route 66 drive in in Carthage.
“It brought back the memory of loading the kids up, pillows and blankets, and going to the drive in. And, seeing the sky as the beautiful Southwest Missouri sunset, so that’s what sold me on this one,” said Jones.
Margie Moss is painting the rainbow bridge in Baxter Springs, and it’s a tough one to do.
“It’s architectural. If you don’t get the right dimensions, proportions, or the right feel for it, it’s’ not going to work,” explained artist Margie Moss.
She says painting history is always an honor.
“I just love the history. I love the history of Joplin and the surrounding area, so all of these icons are wonderful,” said Moss.
These painting will be in the Joplin City Hall for the next year for you to see.