About Halltown Missouri
Facts, Trivia and useful information
Elevation: 1,168 ft (356 m). Population 173 (2010).
Time zone: Central (CST): UTC minus 6 hours. Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5).
Halltown is a town on Old Route 66 on the northwestern part of Lawrence County, in southwestern Missouri. (Map of Halltown).
Las Vegas Hotel & Restaurant, Route 66 Halltown Missouri
History of Halltown
Learn more about the history of Halltown in our Springfield, Missouri page.
Lawrence county created in 1845 was named after James Lawrence a naval officer in the 1812 English-American War.
The area was settled in the 1830s, after the Osage natives were displaced from the territory into reservations in what is now Oklahoma.
Halltown Cemetery or Rock Prairie Cemetery was established in 1838. Civil War soldiers of both sides were buried here. It is located 0.7 mi. south of town along State Highway Z (Map with directions).
George Hall arrived in the 1870s and opened a grocery in 1876. He platted the town on his land in 1887. A post office opened in 1879, named Halltown.
The name: Halltown
Named after the Hall family. The surname from Middle English "hall" which meant a large residence -mansion, house. And used as family names for those who lived near a hall or were servants that worked at a hall.
Located on the Springfield to Carthage stage road, it was chosen for the alignment of the Ozark Trails in the 1910s, and when Route 66 was created in 1926 it adopted the Ozark Trails highway as its alignment through Halltown. The town catered to US 66 travellers and it had several grocery stores, garages and a hotel.
The town was bypassed by I-44, which had opened in 1958 between Joplin and Oklahoma City, and then went east along what used to be US-166, south of Halltown towards Springfield.
Where to Lodge in Halltown, Missouri
Lodging close to Halltown: in neighboring Springfield...
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Motels and Hotels close to Halltown
Hotels, Westwards in Missouri
Heading West... Hotels & Motels in Kansas...
- 73 miles Baxter Springs
Further West... Hotels & Motels on Route 66 in Oklahoma...
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>> Check out the RV campgrounds in nearby Springfield
Weather in Halltown
The seasons are clearly defined in Halltown, which is located on the northern limit of the humid subtropical climate in the U.S. which provokes very humid weather in late summer.
The average summer (Jul) temperatures are: high 89°F (31.6°C), low 68° (19.8°C); the average winter (Jan) high is 43°F (6.1°C) and low is well below freezing with 22°F (-5.3°C).
Annual rainfall is around 45.6 in. (1.160 mm), and it experiences 17 in. of snow (43 cm) yearly.
Neighboring Springfield is said to be the city with the most varied weather in the United States.
Halltown is located within the infamous "Tornado Alley" and Lawrence County has an average of 8 tornado strikes per year.
Tornado Risk: read more about Tornado Risk along Route66.
Getting to Halltown
You can reach Halltown along historic Route 66 and Interstate I-44 that links it with Tulsa and Oklahoma City in the west and with Springfield and St. Louis in the east. U.S. Route 71 (overlapping I-49) links it with Fort Smith, Arkansas and Kansas City.
Map of Route 66 in Halltown
Map of Halltown and US Highway 66 in Missouri.
Red: where you must drive along the Interstate I-44 as Route 66 is no longer open to traffic.
Pale Blue: The 1926 and later alignments (until 1961) of Route 66 in other parts east and west of Halltown
Blue the 1961 alignment that bypassed Halltown.
See Route 66's alignment in Missouri Map
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Alignment of Route 66 in Missouri: Historic U.S. 66 through Halltown
Route 66 across Missouri
U.S. Route 66 is a State Historic Scenic Byway in Missouri and this includes Lawrence Co.; it is pending Federal designation as a Byway.
Click on the following link for an overview of Route 66 across the state of Missouri.
Below you will find detailed information on Old Route 66 in Halltown
Sights and Attractions in Halltown, Missouri
What to Do, Places to See
"The Antique Capital of the U.S."
Halltown and its Route 66 attractions
Halltown is a small Route 66 town with two classic motels: White City Motel and Las Vegas Hotel and Restaurant and many old stores and buildings: Former Service Station, Cameron Antiques, the IOOF Lodge, Main Street Building, Richard’s Antiques and Cleo’s Beauty Shop.
Historic context, the classic Route 66 in Halltown
In his 1946 book "A Guide Book to Highway 66" Jack DeVere Rittenhouse describes the "classic" Route 66 during its heyday. He mentions it: "Halltown... 15 or 20 establishments line both sides of the highway here: gas stations, cafes, antique shops, stores." At that time the town had 168 residents.
He does not mention Plano, 4 mi. east of Halltown, but instead mentions (6 miles east) "Camp Ross Court, with a cafe and gas station" on the bank of Pickerel Creek, now gone, and 3 miles further east, "Gas station and cabins" which are still there (Modern Cabins which we describe in our Plano page). These were followed by "a small community... with a custom grinding mill (Left), gas station, grocery and general store." which is also still there, and which we describe (Here) in our Springfield page.
Tour the route 66 landmarks in Halltown
Start your tour at the eastern side of town and drive west through it, along MO-266 (Old Route 66):
Former Service Station
On the northeast corner of Route 66 and North Dogwood St.
This is at the easternmost tip of town, a 1930s gas station on Route 66.
Halltown Service Station on Route 66
130 Main Street
To your right, it is a large building (two-stories) built around 1930, it is currently an antique shop. See Street View.
W. Main Street and N. Park Drive, Halltown
Also to your right, the IOOF Lodge also known now as Whitehall Mercantile (an antique shop www.whitehallmercantile.com) is a two-story wood frame building in Victorian style built ca. 1900. It has a very steep pitched roof behind a falsefront wall facing the street.
Originally it served as a grocery store and the IOOF lodge held its meetings on the second floor. The false front has been modernized -now sheet metal, formerly it was built in wood. See its image below.
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) (Odd Fellows for short) is a secret society without any political or sectarian orientation. It was founded by Thomas Wildey in Baltimore, USA in 1819 (curious? check their website).
Las Vegas Hotel and Restaurant
203 Main St. and S. Park Dr (to your left).
To your left, across the street.
The Las Vegas Hotel and Restaurant was built ca. 1930. The restaurant was on the first floor and the hotel rooms on the second floor. The small building to the right (west), was once a barbershop. It was built in Mission - Spanish Colonial Revival sytle.
Now it serves as apartments. See its Photo at the top of this page.
Cleo’s Beauty Shop
218 Main St.
To your right, it was built in 1933 in central Halltown with a gabled roof and an awning porch, it is a small building also known as Robin’s Nest Family Hair Care was originally a Route 66 café and, after the 1970s a beauty parlor owned by Cleo Goodman. It is pictured above.
Main Street Building
1904 Main St.
This building is located to your right next to Richard's Antiques, adjacent to it. It has two stories, and is built in stone. It dates back to 1907 and has arched windows and doors. At one time it served as a movie theater, now it is a warehouse.
Richard’s Antiques (left) and Warehouse (right) on Route 66
1911 Main Street, Halltown.
To your right, on the western tip of town.
This wood frame building with stone and stucco walls was built around 1906. It has two rooms and served as a livery stable (a stable where horses are kept at livery), meat packing plant and more recently an antique shop.
Tours & Itineraries
Head west along MO-266 (Old Route 66), just west of town is an original 1920s narrow steel bridge. And, just ahead, the classic White City Motel:
White City Motel
On Route 66, 1 mi. west of town, about halfway between Halltown and Paris Springs. See map with directions.
The cabins were built in 1950, and were not mentioned by Rittenhouse, who drove by before they were built.
The main building in the center is the office, facing the highway. It has a gabled roof and bungalow style; it dates back to 1935.
White City Motel, on Route 66 1 mile west of Halltown
The motel has ten cabins located around it in a semi-circle, linked by a circular drive. They are single unit cottages with attached garages and hipped roofs of pyramidal shape. They are built in concrete block with a stucco facing. Two lack garages and are bigger than the other eight.
Not in very good shape.
Old Route 66 in Halltown, Missouri
By 1910, the use of cars had increased considerably and the dirt roads and trails used in the countryside were in very bad shape. This led W. H. "Coin" Harvey (1851-1936) to conceive and create the Ozark Trails Association in 1913 to provide a good road from New Mexico to St. Louis MO. In Halltown, the trail followed the old highway that linked Springfield with Carthage.
In 1926, Route 66 was created and it was aligned on the Ozark Trail all the way to Romeroville in New Mexico. It passed through the downtown of Halltown as its Main Street.
West of the town Route 66 follows a straight course from Halltown to Avilla, which is shown in Pale Blue in the Map above. There is a small segment of the original 1926 road from Paris Springs through Spencer shown in Black in thje map above.
The 1926 map of the Missouri State Highway Commission shows what then was Route 60 (yes, 60 and not 66 because they had taken the original planned numbering and not the one that was later agreed upon and which prevailed: U.S. 66). The paved surface ended at Springfield and the road from there to Avilla it was already being paved with concrete, after Avilla it was again paved all the way to Kansas. By 1929 it was completely paved. The Missouri DOT roadmaps of 1929, 1933 and 1945-6 all showed "Halltown".
The 1961 realignment
In 1961, the road through Spencer and Paris Springs was realigned and then, east of the latter, linked to former US-166 along which I-44 had been built (this is shown in Blue in the map above). This bypassed Route 66 and Halltown from Paris Springs, through Halltown into Springfield which then became MO-266. West of Paris Springs, into Carthage US-66 survived until the road was decertified.
Route 66 and Interstate I-44
Route 66 and Interstate 44 lived along together for many years (like many U.S. Higwhays do today), From Springfield west, to Halltown, they overlapped and at this point US 66 went northwards to Spencer and west to Carthage along its original alignment (now MO-96) while I-44 turned southwest and then west to Oklahoma. They coexisted until the federal government officially decommissioned Route 66 in 1985.
> > See the previous segment Springfield to Halltown (east)
> > See the next segment Halltown to Avilla (west)
Image Used as per Google Street View Image Api Updated Dec. 31, 2014.
Maura Johnson and John F. Bradbury, Route 66 Association of Missouri. 1993, Architectural ⁄ Historical Inventory Survey. Route 66 in Missouri
Jack DeVere Rittenhouse, (1946). A Guide Book to Highway 66.