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On the 1926-32 Route 66 alignment

Maplewood is located on the original 1926 -1932 alignment of Route western in St. Louis County, central-eastern Missouri. Some of its original sights have survived:Katz Drugstore, The Maplewood Theater building and the Ozark Trail Garage.

St. Louis Missouri

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
< Southwest     Kirkwood ¦ Creve Coeur ¦ Maryland Heights ¦ Bridgeton ¦ Hazelwood ¦ Mitchell ¦ Edwardsville ¦ Hamel     Northeast >

The Main Alignment of Route 66 at St. Louis

< Head West
Fenton ¦ Sunset Hills ¦ Marlborough


About Maplewood, Missouri

Facts, Trivia and useful information

Elevation 505 ft (154 m). Population 8,046 (2017).
This is a Map of the town.

James Sutton arrived in St. Louis in 1819, from New Jersey, he was a blacksmith. In 1826 he bought some land and built a log cabin on current Commonwealth Ave. When the "Road to Jefferson City by way of Manchester" opened through is land, he built his home and store next to it (now 7453 Manchester).

A village sprung up in the area which was named after the woods there. It grew into a suburb of St. Louis, just beyond the city limits but linked to it by streetcar lines. It was a bedroom community after the 1890s, with fresh air and none of the smog of thi city.

It has many early 20th Century buildings, from the days when US66 ran along its Main Street.

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Weather in Maplewood

Latest Maplewood, Missouri weather
Route 66: Maplewood map with town location
Location of Maplewood on Route 66

Rainfall in Maplewood 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% roughly the whole year.

Maplewood 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

Maplewood 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 Maplewood

Reach Maplewood 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 Maplewood Missouri

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Below is the color key for Route 66’s alignment in Maplewood:
(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.

Google Maps. Terms. Nicolas Mollet, CC BY SA 3.0 License

Route 66's alignment in Missouri: the Historic Route 66 through Maplewood

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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.

Below is more information on the different Route 66's alignments through Maplewood (they are shown in the Map above)

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). Maplewood is at the right tip of the "black" line.

1926 Map of Route 66 from St. James to St. Louis MO
1926 Map of Route 66 from St. James to St. Louis in Missouri, by

Route 66 Sights in Maplewood

Landmarks and Places to See

These are Mapelwoods landmarks:

Ozark Trail Garage

7145 Manchester Maplewood

The 1993 Survey of Route 66 landmarks identified this garage as the Ozark Trail Garage (SS.002), a gas station, later the Honea Auto Body.

Ozark Trail Garage, Maplewood MO

Ozark Trail Garage in Maplewood
Ozark Trail Garage Maplewood, Missouri, Old Route 66, Click on image for Street View

Katz Drugstore

7401 Manchester Road

The old Katz Drugstore, later the former Monarch restaurant is still standing. Below is a "Then & Now" secuence of image:

Katz Drugstore vintage postcard, Maplewood MO

1894 building in Maplewood
Postcard of Katz Drugstore in Maplewood, David Miner

Below is its present appearance:

Former Katz Drugstore, Maplewood MO

1894 building in Maplewood
View of Maplewood, Missouri, Old Route 66 Google
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The Maplewood Theater building

7100 block of Manchester

Built in 1926, the same year Route 66 was aligned through Maplewood. It could seat 1,079 spectators and was part of the Franchon & Marcon chain.

The brick building had an Art Deco style front and the building included apartments above the theater. It closed in 1967 and its auditorium demolished (now a parking lot). The lobby and entrance became a store.

Former Maplewood Theater, Maplewood MO

Theater in Maplewood
View of Maplewood Theater on Old Route 66. Click on image for Street View


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