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
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).
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.
Route 66's alignment in Missouri: the Historic Route 66 through Maplewood
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). Maplewood is at the right tip of the "black" line.
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
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
Below is its present appearance:
Former Katz Drugstore, Maplewood MO
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
Banner image: Dead Man's Curve, Laguna New Mexico by Perla Eichenblat.