I had the pleasure of staying at The Boots last week on a trip to visit Missouri's Route 66 and attend the Cubafest in Cuba, Mo. This was the highlight of the trip. I have stayed at a number of Route 66 vintage hotels in the last several years of road travel. Carthage is very fortunate to have Deborah and Priscilla as the new owners of the Boots. Their attention to historic accuracy and preservation is unsurpassed on the route. I especially appreciate their patient approach to restoration and determination to "get it right" through painstaking research, interviews and hours upon hours of "digging". And the payoff is evident in the five rooms that are now available for occupancy.
Deborah and passionate volunteer Ron Hart showed us each available room as well as the underground tunnel, unrestored rooms, garages and other such interesting details of the Boots. As I walked into my room I was instantly transported back to the days of old when Route 66 was truly the Mother Road. No TVs here. However, the radio played the nostalgic tunes of days gone by and helped to keep me in the 40s and 50s throughout my stay. The wood floors are original as are almost every other "artifact" in the room. If not original, they are carefully selected reproductions of what would have been in the room. The bathroom tile and fixtures, meticulously cleaned by Ron and other volunteers, were absolutely stunning. Even the shower head was kept at its original lower height so as not to get your hair wet...an important feature in the days of complicated hairdos and hair products. The bed was very comfortable and the room's temperature and comfort perfectly controlled.
If you are a Route 66 "Roadie" and want a truly authentic motel experience, this is the place. If you are just traveling through with little or no knowledge of local history, give yourself a chance to time travel back to an age when things were slower, simpler, and quieter. You will thank yourself over and over again.
Finally, a special note of thanks to Deborah, Debbie and Ron for their unselfish gift of time, knowledge and friendship. I especially enjoyed our time spent sitting in front of the office at night watching traffic go by as all of you shared your love and passion for this very special place.
I look for forward to a return trip soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Boots Motel is an iconic historic motel on Route 66, at the junction of historic U.S. Route 66 and U.S. Route 71. It features two buildings, one built in 1939 and one in 1946, in the Streamlined Moderne style. Neglected for years, it is currently being restored to its 1949 appearance. Five rooms in the 1946 building are now completed and ready for occupancy. They feature spacious rooms with the original hardwood floors and built-in vanity dressing tables,and ceramic tile bathrooms with shower stalls They are individually decorated and furnished with period furnishings such as chenille bedspreads and 1940s-style furniture. Some still have the original round mirrors installed over the dressing tables. There are no televisions since television was not available in the Carthage area until the mid-1950s, but, as originally advertised, there is "a radio in every room," and the motel does offer free WiFi. Each room is individually heated and air conditioned, just as advertised in the 1940s. Experience a time when room service delivered your ice to your room and your room key was a real key that fit into an actual lock! We also have 5 double-carports to protect guest's vehicles from weather. Welcome back to the 1940s at the Boots Court! ... more less