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
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).
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
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 Hazelwood
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 Hazelwood
Walking Tour in St. Louis
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Landmarks and Places to See
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:
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
The sign nowadays, Hazelwood MO
Head west and then south along North Lindbergh Blvd. to visit a classic 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
Present appearance of the airport "Hotel", Hazelwood MO
Banner image: Dead Man's Curve, Laguna New Mexico by Perla Eichenblat.