7. Whitehall Mercantile is a very historic location that can be found in Halltown, MO. This is one of those shops that looks the same as it did almost 30 years ago, when it first opened in 1980. You will find over 30,000 items for sale under one roof at the Whitehall Mercantile – everything from silver and glassware to marbles, buttons and license plates.
If you are looking for the ultimate Route 66 gift shop this really may be the place for you, there is nothing fancy about this shop, but it does offer a nice little slice of history along side a huge selection of collectable items and Route 66 souvenirs!
Make sure to stop in and say hi to the owners Jerry and Thelma White who have kept this quant little shop afloat and love to meet travelers from near and far.
8. Gay Parita Station is one of the most nostalgic stops along The Mother Road in Missouri. Well, actually is just a few miles off the mother road, but it is close enough that you should be sure to make the trip, when you are going to be so close already. It brings back many memories for the older travels and a peek into history for those younger Route 66’ers. The Gay Parita Station was erected in 1930 and was burned to the ground in a fire in 1955. Don’t worry it has been restored to its original state a couple years ago and has all the gas pumps and signs from that era. You will find the original garage still standing beside the restored station. This stone built auto repair shop has been standing since 1926 and still looks amazing.
If you come to visit this old time gas station in Paris Springs, Missouri take some time to talk to the local who love to share stories of the history with travelers. There are some locals that have been around since the early years of Route 66, so you never know what you might learn.
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