Route 66 in Manchester, Mo
Index to this page
- About Manchester
- Manchester's Weather
- Hotels and accommodation
- Map of US 66
- What to see and do in Manchester
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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
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.
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
- 35 mi. Saint Clair
- 51 mi. Sullivan
- 69 mi Cuba
- 82 mi. Saint James
- 92 mi. Rolla
- 119 mi. St. Robert
- 121 mi. Waynesville
- 154 mi. Lebanon
- 184 mi. Marshfield
- 197 mi. Strafford
- 216 mi. Springfield
- 282 mi. Carthage
- 294 mi. Joplin
- 306 mi. Baxter Springs
- 320 mi. Miami
- 335 mi. Afton
- 349 mi. Vinita
- 384 mi. Claremore
- 407 mi. Catoosa
- 410 mi. Tulsa
Hotels further East, in Illinois
- 18 mi. East St. Louis
- 24 mi. Granite City
- 26 mi. Pontoon Beach
- 34 mi. Glen Carbon
- 39 mi. Troy
- 44 mi. Edwardsville
- 54 mi. Hamel
- 61 mi. Williamson
- 66 mi. Staunton
- 77 mi. Litchfield
- 90 mi. Raymond
- 118 mi. Springfield IL
- 154 mi. Lincoln
- 166 mi. Atlanta
- 188 mi. Bloomington
- 200 mi. Normal
- 214 mi. Chenoa
- 224 mi. Pontiac
- 281 mi. Joliet
- 321 mi. Chicago
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Weather in Manchester
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).
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.
See this map with US66 1926-32 alignment in Manchester, greatly modified since then, including an interchange with State Hwy. 141.
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:
This leg of your Route 66 Road Trip ends here, head west into Ballwin to continue your journey.
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