About Maryland Heights, Missouri
Facts, Trivia and useful information
The village formed around a station of the Chicago, Rhode Island and Pacific Railroad after a post office opened there in 1926 (same year as Route 66 was created). At that time US 66 ran to the south along Manchester Rd. But a new bypass around St. Louis was built later and BYP 66 ran along it.
The station was named Maryland Heights Station and is a refrence to the state of Maryland.
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Weather in Maryland Heights
Rainfall in Maryland Heights 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% roughl the whole year.
Maryland Heights 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).
Maryland Heights 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 Maryland Heights
Reach Maryland Heights 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 Maryland Heights Missouri
See the alignment of US 66 in this location, on our Missouri Route 66 Map, it has the complete alignment across the state with all the towns along it.
Route 66's alignment in Missouri: the Historic Route 66 through Maryland Heights
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.
Route 66 Sights in Maryland Heights
Landmarks and Places to See
A former Gas Station
A 1940s gas station, you can still see where the old pumps concrete islands stood. The office building is new, but the two door garage is of the Route 66 days.
Apart from the "City 66" which went through the downtown area of St. Louis, there was another branch which split well north of St. Louis, from the "Chain of Rocks Bridge": "BYP 66" (Bypass 66) which is shown in Brown in the map above.
After crossing the "Chain of Rocks Bridge" it took a sharp left, heading west, following what then was Hall Ave., and then further west it continued along Lindbergh Ave., which today is Dunn Rd. on the north side of I-270.
At modern Exit 25 of I-270 the road curved south (now the ramp next to Pershall Rd.) heading straight south along N. Lindbergh Blvd. This old road is cut now by the extension of St. Louis Lambert Airport runways, shown in Black in the map above. The modern highway curves west and passes under the runway.
BYP 66 continued straight southwards all the way to Watson Rd. on the southwest side of the city, where it met the "City 66" alignment, and both "City" and "Bypass" 66 merged back into US 66 and headed west, crossing the Meramec River.
Rittenhouse and his 1946 Book: US 66 in St. Louis
Jack DeVere Rittenhouse in his "A Guide Book to Highway 66", published in 1946 gives us a first hand account: He drove through Edwardsville and Mitchell, and wrote that just past Mitchell, "Here City Route 66 forks off to the left into Saint Louis, while the main US 66 crosses railroad tracks and continues ahead to the CHAIN OF ROCKS BIRDGE and the "belt line" route skirting the city..." in his day the toll was for auto and occupants: 25¢ This was the best route if you were not planningon stopping in St. Louis. He describes its loop around the city, passing near the Airport and "rejoin[ing] City 66 at a point 26 miles from Chain of Rocks Bridge" the road was "a wide, high-speed route" lacking city traffic and with many service stations and some cabins and cafes.
He tells those who chose City 66 that, after the center of the city it ran along Gravois Ave. Chippewa St. and Watson Ave. meeting the Bypass 66 13 miles from St. Louis City Hall.
The 1950s, more changes
The 1953 MO DOT map changed the name of the "bypass" (north and west of the city - in Brown in the Map above) to "US 66", eliminating it as a bypass.
Jack DeVere Rittenhouse, (1946). A Guide Book to Highway 66.
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