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Hazelwood

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On the US 66 Bypass alignment

Hazelwood is located on the original 1926 -1932 alignment of Route western in St. Louis County, central-eastern Missouri. Two landmarks are still standing: the former Howard Johnsons and the Airport Motel

St. Louis Missouri

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< 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

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About Hazelwood, Missouri

Facts, Trivia and useful information

Elevation: 561 ft (171 m). Population: 25,703 (2010 census).

Hazelwood is three miles south of Florissant. Its name describes the area (forested with hazels). This is a Map of the town.

It was part of the St. Ferdinand Township. The village incorporated as the Village of Hazelwood in 1949 after neighboring Florissant attempted to annex it. The city is located by the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The first settlement here was that of Florissant which began as a trading post and later became a Jesuit mission. It dates back to 1790 and was officially named San Fernando de Floirissant (the correct spelling would have been "Fleurissant" or florishing, prosperous in French).

The first post office opened in 1830.

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Weather in Hazelwood

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

Rainfall in Hazelwood 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.

Hazelwood 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

Hazelwood 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 Hazelwood

Reach Hazelwood driving the historic 1926 - 1932 Route 66 or the classic alignment and then the BYP 66. Or drive Interstate I-44. I-270, US 50, US 61, US 67, I-55 and I-64 cross the area.

Map of Route 66 through Hazelwood Missouri

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Below is the color key for Route 66’s alignment in Hazelwood:
(for the other parts of Missouri, check the color key in the corresponding city's web page)

Pale Blue: Historic Route 66 alignment west of Gray Summit. East of Gray Summit is the post-1932 road.
Red line or gaps in alignment, is I-40, where it overlaps the old alignment.
Blue and Green show different things which you should check at each town's individual maps. Route 66 segments
Orange: the 1926-32 aligment through St. Louis.
Black: missing segments.

Learn more on the different Route 66's alignments through St. Louis.

Google Maps. Terms. Nicolas Mollet, CC BY SA 3.0 License

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

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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 Hazelwood (they are shown in the Map above)

Route 66 Sights in Hazelwood

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.

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.

Classic Route 66 Sights

The Wayfarer Inn Motel at 8911 Dunn St. which later became the Budget Host Inn, is now gone, razed by "progress". But west of it is what was a 1960s classic motel:

Howard Johnsons

9085 Dunn Rd, Hazelwood, MO

Though most of the old Howard Johnsons has gone, the massive neon sign is stil standing and one of the buildings too.

Below is a "then and now" sequence with the neon sign.

Postcard with the old hotel's neon sign, Hazelwood MO

neon sign in Hazelwood
Neon sign at Hazelwood, Missouri, Old Route 66, www.66postcards.com, Click on image to enlarge

The sign nowadays, Hazelwood MO

present appearance of the sign at Hazelwood
The old neon sign is still standing, but modified, click on image for Street View

The the building in the middle left side of This postcard, is still there as you can see in this Street View. The place is currently the Redbirds Sports Cafe.

Head west and then south along North Lindbergh Blvd. to visit a classic motel:

Airport Motel

6221 N Lindbergh Blvd, Hazelwood

Its postcard announced it as having "Ranch House Deluxe Cabins -best in the midwest- Private bath to each cabin Hot Water Heat, Rt.3 - Florssant (sic)... Mr. & Mrs. Ed. Holtzman, Owners.

The map showed it at the "junction" of U.S. 67 and U.S. 66.

Below is a "then and now" sequence:

Postcard of the Airport "Motel", Hazelwood MO

airport motel Hazelwood
Postcard, airport Motel, www.66postcards.com, click on image to enlarge

Present appearance of the airport "Hotel", Hazelwood MO

Present appearance of the airport Hotel
Airport Hotel nowadays, click on image for Street View

Sources

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