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Manchester on the original 1926 US-66

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Manchester lies on the original 1926 to 1932 US Hwy 66 alignment west of Saint Louis. Nothing remains of its classic Route 66 sights but you can see its old City Hall, built in 1984.

Enjoy your Route 66 road trip along its 1926 to 1932 alignment in Manchester MO

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 Manchester

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Route 66 in Manchester, Mo

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About Manchester, Missouri

Facts, Trivia and useful information

Learn more about the history of St. Louis County in our St. Louis History section. It is the oldest settlement on Manchester Road; it was a place frequented by travelers because there was a spring with a good supply of water for them and their animals. It served as a tax collection point in 1823

Old City Hall Building ereceted in 1894, Manchester MO

Old City Hall two story building painted light blue and white gable roof building from 1894 facing avenue
Old City Hall (1894), Manchester, Missouri, on the original Route 66. Click for street view

First settled by Bryson O'Hara in the early 1800s, he was followed by Jesse Hoard. This led to the township to be known as Hoardstown. Later an English settler renamed the place after his hometown (Manchester). The first post office opened in 1831, named Manchester.

The trail that led to it, and continued west to the state capital city was named after the town.

By 1838 it had 12 log houses, one tavern and 2 stores. It grew slowly; the WPA travel book of Missouri, written in 1939 recorded a population of only 600 at that time. Seven years after Route 66 was realigned south of it.

Getting to Manchester

Reach Manchester 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

Where to Lodge in Manchester, Missouri

Accommodation and hotels close to Manchester

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More Lodging close to Manchester along Route 66

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

South on Route 66 in Missouri

Hotels to the west in MO, KS and OK

Heading East in Missouri

Hotels further East, in Illinois

>> Check out the RV campground close by, in Fenton

Weather in Manchester

Route 66 in Manchester MO; location map

Location of Manchester on U.S. Hwy. 66

Manchester has four well marked seasons and 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.

Rainfall averages around 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 humidity is on average 69.7% throughout the year.

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

Manchester 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 Manchester Missouri

The following map was published in 1931, and it shows Route 66 running between St. Louis and Stanton. The paved sections are marked with a dark black line. Manchester appears in the middle along US66 and US50. In 1932 this alignment was replaced by the new one that ran further south through Eureka, Pacific, and Fenton.

Map 1931 showing 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 with US66 1926-32 alignment in Manchester, greatly modified since then, including an interchange with State Hwy. 141.

The Route 66 alignment in Manchester

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

The now gone Route 66 Sights in Manchester

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Landmarks and Places to See

No motels or service stations or classic buildings survive from the 1926-32 US 66 in Mancheste: the Heggs Tourist Camp (Manchester Rd. 13980) was torn down, a car lot stands on the site. Further west at 14424 Manchester Rd. was the old Tourist Hotel torn down in 2018, pictured below while it was still standing, facing Route 66:

Former Manchster's Touris Hotel before being torn down

two story gable roof building an old Route 66 hotel
Former Tourist Hotel in 2017, Manchester MO. Click for street view

This leg of your Route 66 Road Trip ends here, head west into Ballwin to continue your journey. advertisement

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