Be a part of building the first Route 66 Neon
Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation is
excited to move forward on this unique development along Route 66 in Saint Robert, in central
Missouri! We want you to be a part of this project and we need your help! One way
you can be involved is by
purchasing a personalized brick that will be placed within the Neon Park. Bricks will lay on either
side of the asphalt pathways that wind throughout this original roadside park.Tiles are also
available for purchase and will be
featured on a wall within the park. One side will feature businesses and organizations, the
other will feature memorial tiles for "roadies". In addition to the commemorative bricks we will be
installing 8 x 8 tiles for donors
that contributed $1,000 or more to this project which includes involvement in other sponsorship
levels or grant awards.
You have your choice of personalized
bricks for $100, or add clip art for $106. If you prefer a tile for the wall these are $300 or
$306 with a logo or clip art.The Route
66 Neon Park will be the first of its kind to be developed along the 2,448 miles of the Mother
Road which runs from Chicago, IL to Santa Monica, CA, and will feature restored, orphaned Route 66
neon signs in an outdoor
park-like setting with corresponding story boards to inform the public about the history of each
I want specifics about this park and
these signs: Eligible signs would be those that were originally along the Route between
1926 and 1985, have been abandoned and do not have a home, and would not otherwise return to
Mother Road without
a park such as this. Currently the roadside park is home to a M-60 tank which will remain within
the park, and be embellished to tell the story of the importance of Route 66 as a thoroughfare for
material to the west coast during WWII. For additional information on the namesake of the roadside
park visit this article.
Great Idea, who was the master
mind? The opportunity for this development began in November 2013 during the "The Road
Ahead" Strategic Roundtable hosted by the World Monument Fund in Anaheim, CA, where
Beth Wiles, Executive Director of
the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau, was in attendance. One of the speakers there was a representative
from the Neon Heritage Preservation Committee of the Route 66 Association of Missouri
Association's vision to establish a neon park in Missouri for orphaned Route 66 neon signs.
Ensuing discussions between those two parties then led to St. Robert becoming the proposed home for
the Mother Road.
How will the proceeds be used?
Funds raised through the brick, tile or other sponsorship opportunities,that can be seen at www.route66preservation.org are used to meet matching grant requirements,
refurbishing of orphan Route 66 signs for placement into the park and maintenance of the park and
features; insurance and repairs.
When will this park be built?
Much of that depends on how quickly funds can be raised! Our goal is to open the park
with the installation of three refurbished neon signs. For this first phase we would like to
sales, sponsorship's and grant awards. Our final goal is to have 10-13 refurbished
neon signs installed throughout the park.
Who is involved in this
development? The Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation is overseeing this
development project. Other partners include; Pulaski County Tourism Bureau, City of
Saint Robert Missouri and Route 66 Association of Missouri.
Who should buy
a brick or tile?
People that love the
Mother Road, also known as "roadies"
International "roadies", leave your mark on this great American Road!
Those that just want to be a part of the first Route 66 Neon
Those #signgeeks, we know you are out
Associations and Civil Organizations
Corporations; what better way to get your brand noticed!
History and preservation enthusiasts
Pixel "Cars" Movie enthusiasts
for yourself, your family, for that friend or family member that has
on!! You know you want to get your brick's on Route 66!