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On the US 66 Bypass alignment

Bridgeton is located on the original Bypass Route 66, in NW St. Louis County. Don't miss the surviving Route 66 motel, the Congress Airport Inn

St. Louis Missouri

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

Route 66, the "1926-32" Alignment into St. Louis

< West     Gray Summit ¦ Wildwood ¦ Ballwin ¦ Manchester ¦ Des Peres ¦ Kirkwood ¦ Rock Hill ¦ Brentwood ¦ Maplewood     East >

The Main Alignment of Route 66 at St. Louis

< Head West
Fenton ¦ Sunset Hills ¦ Marlborough


About Bridgeton, Missouri

Facts, Trivia and useful information

Elevation: 584 ft (178 m). Population: 11,550 (2010 census). See this map of the town.

The town of Bridgeton is part of Greater St. Louis, and is located in the northwestern part of St. Louis County, Missouri. Some portions of the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport are located within Bridgeton.

It was explored by Étienne de Veniard de Bourgmont in 1724 but only in 1794 was the future Bridgeton platted as Marais des Liards (Cottonwood Swamp) by Maturin Bouvet. Later changed to Village à Robert after its founder, Robert Owens. This changed to Owen's Station as more Americans moved to the area.

Meriwether Lewis (of the Lewis and Clark expedition) passed through Bridgeton during the famous expedition. The city was chartered in 1843 within St. Ferdinand Township.

Route 66 Bypass ran through the town's eastern edge (with U.S. 61 & 67) but an expanding airport which needed a new runway razed 2,000 homes in Carrollton and many U.S. 66 Bypass motels and landmarks were lost.

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Weather in Bridgeton

Latest Bridgeton, Missouri weather
Route 66: Bridgeton map with town location
Location of Bridgeton on Route 66

Rainfall in Bridgeton 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). Relative humitiy is on average 69.7% roughl the whole year.

Bridgeton 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

Bridgeton 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.

Getting to Bridgeton

Reach Bridgeton 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.

Map of Route 66 through Bridgeton Missouri

See the alignment of US 66 in this location, on our Missouri Route 66 Map, it has the complete alignment across the state with all the towns along it.

Route 66's alignment in Missouri: the Historic Route 66 through Bridgeton

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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.

Below is more information on the different Route 66's alignments through Bridgeton (they are shown in the Map above)

Route 66 Sights in Bridgeton


Walking Tour in St. Louis

Enjoy a fun and fascinating ¾ mile stroll through the oldest, most historic and most haunted part of St Louis.
The tour takes you around the historic neighborhood called Lacledes landing, the site of the famous duel by a former US president. Lern about the most famous Exorcism in history (which sparked a famous movie), and more.

Landmarks and Places to See

Bypass 66

Apart from the "City 66" which went through the downtown area of St. Louis, there was another branch which split well north of St. Louis, from the "Chain of Rocks Bridge": "BYP 66" (Bypass 66) which is shown in Brown in the map above.

After crossing the "Chain of Rocks Bridge" it took a sharp left, heading west, following what then was Hall Ave., and then further west it continued along Lindbergh Ave., which today is Dunn Rd. on the north side of I-270.

At modern Exit 25 of I-270 the road curved south (now the ramp next to Pershall Rd.) heading straight south along N. Lindbergh Blvd. This old road is cut now by the extension of St. Louis Lambert Airport runways, shown in Black in the map above. The modern highway curves west and passes under the runway.

BYP 66 continued straight southwards all the way to Watson Rd. on the southwest side of the city, where it met the "City 66" alignment, and both "City" and "Bypass" 66 merged back into US 66 and headed west, crossing the Meramec River.

Rittenhouse and his 1946 Book: US 66 in St. Louis

Jack DeVere Rittenhouse in his "A Guide Book to Highway 66", published in 1946 gives us a first hand account: He drove through Edwardsville and Mitchell, and wrote that just past Mitchell, "Here City Route 66 forks off to the left into Saint Louis, while the main US 66 crosses railroad tracks and continues ahead to the CHAIN OF ROCKS BIRDGE and the "belt line" route skirting the city..." in his day the toll was for auto and occupants: 25¢ This was the best route if you were not planningon stopping in St. Louis. He describes its loop around the city, passing near the Airport and "rejoin[ing] City 66 at a point 26 miles from Chain of Rocks Bridge" the road was "a wide, high-speed route" lacking city traffic and with many service stations and some cabins and cafes.

He tells those who chose City 66 that, after the center of the city it ran along Gravois Ave. Chippewa St. and Watson Ave. meeting the Bypass 66 13 miles from St. Louis City Hall.

MO DOT Map 1953

A 1953 Map (detail) of the Missouri DOT

The 1950s, more changes

The 1953 MO DOT map changed the name of the "bypass" (north and west of the city - in Brown in the Map above) to "US 66", eliminating it as a bypass.

The map shows a much smaller Lambert St. Louis Airport and U.S. 66 curving around it with Bypass U.S. 40. In 1953 the former U.S. Bypass 66 was actually the main alignment of Route 66, it ran with BY 67.

Congress Airport Inn

3433 N Lindbergh Blvd

Originally the Town House Motor Inn, its postcard proclaimed: "Near airport - courtesy car - wired music - T.V. - complimentary coffee and $5,000 Guest Life Insurance. Member - Network Inns of America".

It is now the Congress Airport Inn and its appearance is unchanged as you can see in the "then and now" images below:

Town House Motor Inn postcard, Bridgeton MO

Town House Motor Inn postcard
Town House Motor Inn postcard.

Now the Congress Airport Inn, Bridgeton MO

Congress Airport Inn
Congress Airport Inn, click on image for Street View

Just north is another motel, perhaps from the 1960s, the Best Way Inn, and this is its Street view.

The other motels were demolished when the runway was lengthened.


Banner image: Dead Man's Curve, Laguna New Mexico by Perla Eichenblat.