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Brentwood is a town located on the original 1926 -1932 alignment of Route western in St. Louis County, central-eastern Missouri. The classic Buckingham’s Restaurant building still stands and also Carl's Drive In.

Drive the 1926 to 1932 alignment of Route 66 in Brentwood MO during your Route 66 road trip.

Route 66, the "1926-32" Alignment into St. Louis
< West - Gray Summit ¦ Wildwood ¦ Ballwin ¦ Manchester ¦ Des Peres ¦ Kirkwood ¦ Rock Hill ¦ Brentwood ¦ Maplewood - East >

Bypass Route 66 Around St. Louis
<SW - Kirkwood ¦ Creve Coeur ¦ Maryland Heights ¦ Bridgeton ¦ Hazelwood ¦ Mitchell ¦ Edwardsville ¦ Hamel - NE >

The Main Alignment of Route 66 near Brentwood

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St. Clair ¦ Villa Ridge ¦ Gray Summit

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Route 66 in Brentwood, Mo

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About Brentwood, Missouri

Facts, Trivia and useful information

Located within the Central Township district, it originated as a station of the Missouri Pacific Railroad: Brentwood station.

For the history of St. Louis County visit our St. Louis History section in our St. Louis webpage.

The name: Brentwood

It was named after the person who platted the town: Mr. Brent

"Brent" is a Middle English word that comes from the Old English "beornan" that means "to burn".

Getting to Brentwood

Reach Brentwood driving the historic 1926 - 1932 Route 66 now known as Missouri State Highway 100, or use Interstate I-44. I-270, US 50, US 61, I-55 and I-64 cross the area. advertisement

Hotels & Motels near Brentwood

Accommodation and hotels close to this town: just west is Kirkwood you will find plenty of motels and lodging options.

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More Lodging near Brentwood along Route 66

You can find more hotels and motels in other towns along Route 66; click on any of the following links to check out the accommodation options in each town.

South on Route 66 in Missouri

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Weather in Brentwood

Route 66 in Brentwood MO; location map

Location of Brentwood on U.S. Hwy. 66

Rainfall in Brentwood is, on average 41 in. (1.041 mm). The most rainy months are from May through July with more than 4.1 in per month (104 mm). Snow falls from Nov. to Apr.: 17.8 in. (45 cm).

Brentwood has four well marked seasons. It is located in the area where humid continental climate shifts towards a humid subtropical climate, so summers are hot and humid while winters are cold. It gets cold Arctic air and hot damp tropical air from the Gulf of Mexico. Spring is wet and may have extreme weather (tornados, thunderstorms and even winter storms). Fall is sunny and less humid, with mild weather.

The average winter high (Jan) is a chilly 39.9°F (4.4°C) and the winter low is on average 23.7°F (-4.6°C). The summer (Jul) average high is 89.1°F (31.7°C) and the average low is 71°F (21.7°C).

Tornado risk

Brentwood is inside Missouri's "Tornado Alley" and St. Louis County has around 7 tornados each year.

Tornado Risk: read more about Tornado Risk along U.S. 66.

Map of Route 66 in Brentwood Missouri

Route 66 was aligned along Manchester Road west of St Louis in 1926 and went west along what is now Missouri Hwy 100 to Gray Summit as shown in the map below published in 1931. In 1932 its alignment was moved further south, through Pacific, Eureka and Sunset Hills bypassing Brentwood.

Map 1931 showing the original US66 into St. Louis

1931 Roadmap showing Route 66 near St. Louis MO
A 1931 Map showing Route 66 in St. Louis area, Missouri See large map

See this map showing the 1926-32 alignment of Route 66 through Brentwood.

The Route 66 alignment in Brentwood

Visit our pages with old maps and plenty of information about US 66's alignments.

Route 66 Sights in Brentwood

Landmarks and Places to See

Driving westwards from St. Louis, after crossing the bridge at Black Creek, you leave Maplewood and enter Brentwood. The first sight along the 1.2 mile-long stretch of Route 66 in Brentwood is Buckingham's:

Buckingham’s restaurant

To your right, at 8924 Manchester Rd.
Clyde and Mable "Trixie" Ann Buckingham opened this restaurant in 1943, by then Route 66 no longer ran down Manchester Rd. (US 50 did). They operated it until 1962 when they sold it.

The building still stands, but is no longer a restaurant.

The Buckinghams had experience, Mable had ran a restaurant (Gray Goose Cafeteria) in Little Rock Arkansas back in the mid 1920s. Later they moved to St. Louis where Clyde worked as traffic representative for the McKinley bridge. When he retired in 1948 he worked with Mable running the restaurant.

Clyde passed away at the age of 92 in 1969 and Mabel died in 1986 (she was 103 years old!). Below is a "Then and Now" sequence of the site:

Buckingham's Restaurant, postcard 1946, Brentwood MO

vintage color postcard of gable roof 2 story Buckingham’s restaurant with signs and trees
Buckingham’s restaurant in a 1946 postcard. Credits

Buckingham's building in 2022, Brentwood MO

two story gable roof former Buckingham’s restaurant in Brentwood
The old Buckingham building is still there. Click for street view

Carl's Drive-In

Continue west and on the next block, to your right, on a corner at 9033 Manchester Rd. It began as the Lubrite gas station in 1918 and evolved into a hot dog stand in 1943. In 1950 it was owned by Walter Breeden abd became Breeden's Long Dog, also known as the Good Food Drive Inn.

It was hit by a tornado in 1959, Breeden rebuilt it and sold it that year to Carl Meyer who ran it with his wife Pat. The place has been open since then. Below is a "now and then" set of photos:

Vintage picture of the Hot Dog stand in the 1950s

color picture gable roof building, 1950s car and signs
A 1950s picture of what is now Carl's on Route 66 in Brentwood, Missouri Credits
drive in with green gable roof, white walls, Coke sign on a corner
Carl's Drive In, Brentwood MO. Click for street view

This leg of your Route 66 Road Trip ends here, continue your journey by driving west into Rock Hill. advertisement

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