About Plew Missouri
Facts, Trivia and useful information
Elevation: 1,161 ft (354 m). Population n⁄a (2010).
Time zone: Central (CST): UTC minus 6 hours. Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5).
Plew is a small community located on Old Route 66 in Lawrence County, in southwestern Missouri. (Map of Plew).
Old building next to Route 66 in Plew Missouri
History of Plew
Learn more about the history of Plew in our Carthage Missouri page.
The name: Plew
Plew is apparently named after its first settler ca. 1830s. Plew is a northern Enlgand deformation of Plow which in turn is a nickname and sign-name derived from old Norse plóg-r (plough).
The county created in 1845 was named after James Lawrence a seaman from the English-American War of 1812.
The unincorporated community in a rural farming area and had a post office from 1893 to 1904. Nowadays it is a scattering of houses.
Route 66 was aligned through the area in 1926 and travel along the U.S. 66 gave some boost to the local economies during the Depression in the 1930s. But this disappeared after the town and Route 66 were 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 Plew towards Springfield.
Where to Lodge in Plew, Missouri
Lodging close to Plew: in neighboring Carthage...
>> Book your hotel in neighboring Carthage
More Lodging near Plew along Route 66
Motels and Hotels close to Plew
Hotels, Westwards in Missouri
Heading West... Hotels & Motels in Kansas...
- 50 miles Baxter Springs
Further West... Hotels & Motels on Route 66 in Oklahoma...
Heading East in Missouri, more accommodation
>> Check out the RV campgrounds in nearby Carthage
Weather in Plew
Weather widget for Avilla, the town nearest Plew, to the west
Plew is located within the "Tornado Alley"; Lawrence County has around 8 tornado strikes per year .
Tornado Risk: read more about Tornado Risk along Route66.
Getting to Plew
You can reach Plew 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 Plew
Map of Plew and US Highway 66 in Missouri.
The map below shows the alignment of Route 66 through Plew and the color key which is for Plew only is the following:
(for the other parts of the map, check the color key of the map of the corresponding city)
Red: where you must drive along the Interstate I-44 as Route 66 is no longer open to traffic.
Black: The 1926 to 1933 alignment at neigboring towns.
Pale Blue: The 1926 and later alignments of Route 66 through Plew
See Route 66's alignment in Missouri Map
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Alignment of Route 66 in Missouri: Historic U.S. 66 through Plew
Route 66 across Missouri
U.S. Route 66 is a State Historic Scenic Byway in Missouri; 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 Plew
Sights and Attractions in Plew, Missouri
What to Do, Places to See
Small tiny scattering of houses
Plew and its Route 66 attractions
Historic context, the classic Route 66 in Plew
In his 1946 book "A Guide Book to Highway 66" Jack DeVere Rittenhouse gives us a clear picture of Route 66 was like during that time, yet he does not mention Plew, only the two camps which were resorts with cabins built of logs and stone. There were service stations and cafes. He added that there was a gas stations 6 miles west of Avilla, which places it in Plew.
Tour the route 66 landmarks in Plew
In the "central" part of Plew, on the southwest corner of County Rd. 1010 and MO-96 (old Route 66) is a long wood frame building that very probably was a grocery or service station during U.S. 66's heyday, it is shown at the top of this page.
Head west towards Avilla to visit the Log City Camp remains:
Log City Camp
Co. Ln 6 and Route 66 just west of Plew
Established in 1926, by Carl Stansbury, 1938 it had a service station a café diner, (liquor store) and fourteen cabins with bathtubs. It was located east of the town (3.5 mi.) After I-44 bypassed Route 66 in the late 1960s, they had less visitors and eventually closed.
More recently the former service station was reformed and converted into an auto body shop.
Forest Park Camp - Gone
This competitor of Log City, opened in 1928, right across the highway from Log City Camp. It had rock cabins, café and restaurant. It too declined and now no trace remains.
Old Route 66 in Plew, Missouri
From Halltown to Plew
In the early 1900s automobiles became more popular and the trails and dirt tracks were in very poor shape so W. H. "Coin" Harvey (1851-1936) created the Ozark Trails Association in 1913. The Ozark Trail eventually crossed Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and reached the Santa Fe Trail in New Mexico.
Route 66 follows a straight course from Halltown to Avilla, and it has followed it since Route 66 was created back in 1926, which is shown in Pale Blue in the Map above. There is a small segment of th original 1926 road in Paris Springs, shown in Black in the 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 roadmap of 1945-46 only shows the towns of Avilla, Phelps and Halltown between Springfield and Carthage.
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 Plwe to Avilla (west)
Image Used as per Google Street View Image Api Updated Dec. 31, 2014.
Jack DeVere Rittenhouse, (1946). A Guide Book to Highway 66.