About Manchester, Missouri
Facts, Trivia and useful information
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
Building from 1894, Manchester MO
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.
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Weather in Manchester
Manchester 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.
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 humitiy is on average 69.7% roughl the whole 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.
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.
Map of Route 66 through Manchester Missouri
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Below is the color key for Route 66’s alignment in Manchester:
(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.
Route 66's alignment in Missouri: the Historic Route 66 through Manchester
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.
1926 Map of Route 66 from St. James to St. Louis, Missouri, notice that this first map calls it "US 60", instead of US 66 (read more about this: Route 66 was born as US 60). Manchester is in the middle of the map on the "black" line.
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