About Albatross Missouri
Facts, Trivia and useful information
Elevation: 1,211 ft (369 m). Population n⁄a (2010).
Time zone: Central (CST): UTC minus 6 hours. Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5).
Albatross is a small village on Old Route 66 in Lawrence County, in southwestern Missouri. (Map of Albatross).
Jim Moot's Auto Body in Albatross Missouri, Route 66
History of Albatross
Learn more about the history of Albatross in our Carthage Missouri page.
The county created in 1845 was named after James Lawrence a seaman from the English-American War of 1812. After the Civil War, the town of Miller was platted nexts to the station of the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad which crossed the county from from Mt. Vernon and Aurora in the South to Greenfield in Dade Co. in the north.
County trails linked Miller with Rescue, Phelps and Spencer. The post office at Miller opened in 1891.
When Route 66 was created in 1926 it ran along the Ozark Trail highway which had been built in 1913, two miles south of Miller. The bus service of the Albatross Bus Line Co. established a stop at the crossroads of State Highway 39 ant U.S. 66. The town of Albatross had been born.
The name: Albatross
The village was named after the Transcontinental Albatross bus line which was established here, on Route 66, and served the neighboring town of Miller.
The word albatross comes from Spanish "alcatraz" (pelican) from the Arabic "al-ghattas" (sea eagle). Somehow the Latin word for white (albus) influenced the spelling and then the English sailors applied the name to another sea bird, becoming "albatross".
Those travelling along Route 66 promoted the local economy and some grocery stores and service stations opened in Albatross. But after 1958 the town and Route 66 were bypassed by I-44, which ran from Joplin, eastwards along what used to be US-166, south of Albatross into Springfield.
Where to Lodge in Albatross, Missouri
Lodging close to Albatross: in neighboring Carthage...
> > Book your hotel in neighboring Carthage
More Lodging near Albatross along Route 66
Motels and Hotels close to Albatross
Hotels, Westwards in Missouri
Heading West... Hotels & Motels in Kansas...
- 61 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 Albatross
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Albatross is located in Missouri' "Tornado Alley"; Lawrence County has an average of 8 tornado strikes per year.
Tornado Risk: read more about Tornado Risk along Route66.
Getting to Albatross
You can reach Albatross 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 through Albatross Missouri
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Below is the color key for Route 66’s alignment in Albatross:
(for the other parts of Missouri, check the color key in the corresponding city's web page)
Black: The 1926 to 1933 alignment at neigboring towns.
Pale Blue: The 1926 and later alignments of Route 66 through Albatross
Route 66's alignment in Missouri: the Historic Route 66 through Albatross
Route 66 across Missouri
Historic U.S. highway 66, "Route 66" has been designated as an All-American Road and National Scenic Byway in the state of Missouri.
Click on the following link for a Full description of Route 66 across the state of Missouri.
Route 66 Sights in Albatross
Landmarks and Places to See
Small village on U.S. 66
Albatross and its Route 66 attractions
Historic context, the classic Route 66 in Albatross
"A Guide Book to Highway 66" written and published by Jack DeVere Rittenhouse in 1946 provides us with an insight into U.S. 66 during its golden days.
Rittenhouse mentions the village as follows: "Albatross... Garage, several gas stations, cafes and Carver's cabins." he adds that it was located at the crossing of U.S. 66 and MO-39.
Tour the route 66 landmarks in Albatross
Just east of the junction of MO-96 and MO-39. South side of the road.
Also known as Morgan's DX it is a wood frame building with stucco walls and a hipped roof. It was built ca. 1945 and the flat roofed canopy added in the 1970s.
View of Miller's Station, Click on image for Street View
Head east to see the Albatross Store, (also named Jim Moot's Auto Body ⁄ Inspection Station):
Jim Moot's Auto Body
0.5 mile east of intersection of MO-96 & MO-39. South side of the higway.
You will see two buildings. The eastern side is the original 1930 building with a triangular parapet and glass panels flanked to the west (right) by a 1949 addition which increased the storage space. Built in concrete blocks with a round roof.
Also known as Albatross Store it was owned by Mr. Wilson. There is a parking area in front of the store and a gravel drive. See its photo at the top of the page.
Adamson Oil Co.
13119 Missouri 96 at former railroad, 1.3 miles east of the junction of MO-96 and MO-39. Map with directions.
On the south side of the road. Now gone but you can still see the drive and the concrete base of the 4-pump island and the foundation of the office. It was a simple filling station built in 1950 and was one of six gas stations in Albatross. See its street view.
Tours & Itineraries
Old Route 66 in Albatross, Missouri
From Halltown to Albatross
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 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 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 Plew to Avilla (west)
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.
Banner image: Dead Man's Curve, Laguna New Mexico by Perla Eichenblat.