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Hazelwood is located on the bypass 66 alignment of Route in northwestern St. Louis County, Missouri.

There are several landmarks along the old Route 66: the historic John B. Myers House and Barn, a weird & wacky attraction: Bella the Elephant, and several classic motels such as the Site of the Wayfarer Inn, the former Howard Johnson's and the Airport Motel.

Drive the Bypass Route 66 alignment on your Route 66 road trip through Hazelwood MO.

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Bypass Route 66 in Hazelwood, Mo

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About Hazelwood, Missouri

Facts, Trivia and useful information

Elevation: 561 ft (171 m). Population: 25,703 (2010 census)
Hazelwood is located in St. Louis County, three miles south of the town of Florissant that shares a segment along old Route 66 with it.


This area has been inhabited for at least 11,000 years. The first Europeans to explore it were French trappers from the Great Lakes. They claimed the territory as Louisiana in the early 1700s and named it for their king, Louis XIV.

After being in Spanish hands for some years (1763-1802), the French recovered it and sold it to the US in 1803, as a cash-strapped Napoleon needed more money for his European wars.

A trading post (or Jesuit Mission according to other sources) was established nearby in Florissant in the 1760s, the area was known during the Spanish period as a "district of Ylinoa by the name of San Fernando."

The full name was "San Fernando de Florissant", now St. Ferdinand Township. The saint was the king of Castile and Leon, Spain (1198-1252) and Florissant came from Fleurissant (flourishing, flowery, prosperous). There was a church here since 1792, and a post office opened in Florissant in 1830.

The name: Hazelwood

The home of Major Richard Graham was name"Hazelwood". It was built in 1807 and is said to be the first brick house built on west of the Mississippi. Graham bought it in 1815. When Senator Henry Clay visited it in 1828 he remarked that it reminded him of his own estate in Kentucky, "Hazelwood". Graham named is property after Clay's.

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 after the Ford plant opened here. 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). advertisement

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Weather in Hazelwood

Route 66 in Hazelwood MO; location map

Location of Hazelwood on U.S. Hwy. 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).

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.

Map of Route 66 in Hazelwood Missouri

Map of US66 alignments in Saint Louis Misouri

Map showing Route 66 in St. Louis MO
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The map shows Route 66 in the St. Louis Region in both Missouri and Illinois. The color key for the map is:

Orange: is first, the original 1926-32 alignment of US66 through St. Louis
Brown is the Bypass US-66. Hazelwood is on the upper right side of the map.
Pale Blue: Is the Historic Route 66 alignment after 1932 into St. Louis, from the west. The gap in the alignment south of Crestwood MO is where I-40 overlaps the old alignment.
Blue, Green, Gray, Pink, Yellow, and Violet show different courses taken by US 66 over the years.
Black: missing segments (For instance, at the airport in neighboring Hazelwood).

The following map from 1955 shows Route 66 in St. Louis vicinity. Hazelwood is located on the north side of the "St. Louis Municipal" airport.

click to see 1955 road map of St. Louis and vicinity

1955 roadmap of St. Louis and vicinity
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This is a map with directions of the part that can be driven nowadays. The area at what is now Exit 25 of I-270 was disrupted when the freeway was built, and this custom map shows, with a red line, the original alignment. Parts of Route 66 along Dunn and Pershall Rd. can still be driven.

Bypass 66

There were two alignments of Route 66 in St. Louis, the "City 66" that ran into downtown St. Louis -hence its name- and one that ran around the metro area, on its northern and western sides, "BYP 66" (Bypass 66).

Route 66 runs across the bottom of the map:

Roadmap from 1937 with Route 66 in Hazelwood and Florissant
1937 roadmap of Route 66 in Hazelwood and Florissant. Credits

The Route 66 alignment in Hazelwood

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

Route 66 Sights in Hazelwood

Landmarks and Places to See

We will begin our journey, coming from the east, from the Chain of Rocks Bridge where the old highway split from City 66, and took Lindbergh Ave., nowadays Dunn Rd. that runs along the north side of I-270.

The highway crosses the district of Bellefontaine Neighbors, but there are no remaining Route 66 sights or attractions along this segment until you reach Florissant, where you will spot a Historic Building from the mid 1800s.


The southern fringe of this city -the 12th-largest city in Missouri- runs along old Byp 66 for 2.3 miles (see map).

The downtown area is one mile north of the highway. It has 52,533 residents and is an inner suburb of St. Louis.

John B. Myers House and Barn

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

To your right above a grassy promontory overlooking the freeway at 180 Dunn Rd. it is a "Palladian" or "Classic Revival" home from the mid Victorian Period, built in the 1860s as John B. Myers home. It has a two-story portico, with paired columns on each side and a classical pediment. It stood on the 50-acre property of Myers.

black and white photo of a two story house with columns, portico in a field
John B. Myers house in a vintage photo. Florissant MO. Credits

Same spot nowadays, seen from Route 66

color picture, white two story building atop grassy ledge, white picket fence in front of it and blue Historic Route 66 Byway sign
John B. Myers house and Historic US 66 byway sign nowadays. Florissant MO. Click for St. view

Site of the Wayfarer Inn

The Wayfarer Inn opened in 1961, it was located at 8840 Dunn Rd. and was ran by Carl Riegel and his wife Della Mae. The place was later known as the Budget Host Motel and was torn down in the mid 2010s.

color postcard, two story flat roof motel building with a pool in front, bathers and sunshades
1960s view of the Wayfarer Inn. Florissant MO. Credits

The motel was modified later, but some features survived. The red arrows mark the eastern two-story building and the cupola over the office that can be seen in the 1960s picture above and the 2012 iage below. The pool was on the left side of the image, where the pine tree can be seen. Now it has been razed (street view of the vacant lot).

motel office with cupola, tree and two story building with the rooms

When it was the Budget Host Motel. Click for St. view

black and white aerial photo from 1949 showing fields, highway in Hazelwood

1949 aerial photo of Hazelwood and US66
click image for large size view

Route 66 curves around St. Louis

Head west and ahead, at 9015 Dunn is an RV sales agency, the Apache Village. This was the site of Knotty Pine Lodge that opened in the 1930s with "showers, radios and heat." It closed in the mid 1960s.

Ahead is the exchange at I-270s Exit 25, with US 67. This is where Bypass 66 coming along Dunn Rd. with an east-to-west course curved south towards Kirkwood, running through Hazelwood. The image above (click on it to see the full size picture) shows this spot in 1949. Mostly open fields and one large Ford plant. Now it is all built up as you can see in this satellite view showing the same place nowadays.

At the curve there were several buildings the first is a classic 1960s motel complex.

Howard Johnson's

To your right, at 9085 Dunn Rd, Hazelwood, MO. Though most of the old Howard Johnson's 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

tall 1960s hotel neon sign with building behind it
1960s view of Howard Johnson's neon sign at Hazelwood, Missouri, Old Route 66, Credits

The sign nowadays, Hazelwood MO

a neon sign next to a highway
The old neon sign is still standing, but modified, click image for street view
color postcard of a motel with a neon sign from the 1960s

1960s color postcard Howard Johnson's motel. credits

The long and low, hipped roof building behind the sign (but now without the steeple) is still there, but the classic Howard Johnson's office with four crossed gables to the east (right side) has been torn down.

The link between Dunn and Lindbergh has been cut by the modern exchange. Cross the freeway and head south (map with directions) and visit another motel.

Airport Motel

On Brookes Drive, originally 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".

It opened in 1936 with ten rooms, four in the front, two behind and another four units in a building at the back of the property. Below is a "then and now" sequence of images of this classic site:

Postcard of the Airport "Motel", Hazelwood MO

black and white photo of a brick faced gable roof building with two cross gables at each tip
Postcard c.1940s, airport Motel, credits.

Present appearance of the airport "Hotel", Hazelwood MO

red rick faced gable roof building with two cross gables at each tip and lawn in front
Airport Hotel nowadays, click on image for Street View

Head west and see the last local attraction at a car body shop.

Bella the Elephant

fibrglass statue of an elephant mounted on a trailer

Bella the Elephant, US66 Hazelwood. Click for St. view

Wacky sights on Route 66

6041 N Lindbergh Blvd, to your right you will see a small fiberglass statue of an elephant mounted on a trailer. Bella was made in the Philippines, and arrived at the Complete Auto Body and Repair in 2009.

This is where your Route 66 Road Trip through Hazelwood ends. Continue west along Bypass 66 into the next town Bridgeton. advertisement

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Nat. Register entry for Myers House
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Hazelwood in The descendants of John Mullanphy: Saint Louis philanthropist by Hardaway, Harriet Lane Cates (1940). pp 75

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