The City of St. Robert is looking to do something different when it comes to tourism.
They’re planning to build a Neon Sign Park, connecting dozens of Neon signs together, which is expected to attract visitors with the bright lighting.
So far, the Pulaski County Tourism board has collected over $12,000 dollars towards the project and have asked the city to take over its construction and completion.
City officials say they are now working with engineers on the design faze and will begin construction soon.
The Route 66 neon sign park will be within the George M. Reed Roadside Park in Saint Robert, Missouri, at the Junction of Route 66 and Missouri Ave. The park has access from both the west and east bound lanes and is currently home to beautiful oak trees, original concrete picnic areas, Marine tank and flag display, all of which will remain. The neon signage will compliment what is already there, with pathways leading to the sign locations throughout the 2 acre triangular shaped park.
Storyboards will stand at the base of the signs highlighting the history of the sign, how the sign was obtained and information about the sponsor funding the restoration. The park will have other features such as tailgate benches. The park will continue to be free admission, a beautiful place to enjoy lunch, picnic, walk, Ingress or Pokemon’.
This development brings vintage signs back to the Route, many that have not been seen for decades, offer a unique setting for Route 66 travelers to enjoy and increase visitation to Pulaski County area businesses and attractions. Just one more attraction to network with our friends along the Mother Road!
The Route 66 Neon Park was the vision of the Route 66 Association of Missouri. They were looking for a partner to take on this project and wanted it located in one of three locations within Missouri. We were fortunate to have this opportunity become a part of Pulaski County’s 33 miles of Route 66 which offers over 50 stops of historic attractions, new roadside adventures, eateries, franchise and Ma and Pa lodging.
If traveling the Route be sure to check out the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau website or stop by the Pulaski County Visitors Center, Saint Robert, MO. They offer complimentary; brochure with turn-by-turn driving directions, an audio tour and online interactive tour to make your trip to the area even more fun!