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Yep, YOU!
Yep, YOU!

The Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation organization is excited to announce its plan to develop a Route 66 Neon Park within the George M Reed Roadside Park, which is located in a wide median area between the eastbound and westbound lanes of Route 66 in St. Robert Missouri, USA. The Route 66 Neon Park will be the first of its kind to be developed along the 2,448 miles of the Mother Road which runs from Chicago, IL to Santa Monica, CA, and will feature restored, orphaned Route 66 neon signs in an outdoor park-like setting with corresponding story boards to inform the public about the history of each sign.

Orphaned sign
Orphaned sign

Eligible signs would be those that were originally along the Route between 1926 and 1985, have been abandoned and do not have a home, and would not otherwise return to the Mother Road without a park such as this. Currently the roadside park is home to a M-60 tank which will remain within the park, and be embellished to tell the story of the importance of Route 66 as a thoroughfare for transporting war material to the west coast during WWII. For additional information on the namesake of the roadside park visit this article

The Kickstarter campaign focuses on raising funds for architectural designs and the layout of the park. 

Route 66 Neon Park
Route 66 Neon Park

The opportunity for this development began in November 2013 during the "The Road Ahead" Strategic Roundtable hosted by the World Monument Fund in Anaheim, CA, where Beth Wiles, Executive Director of the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau, was in attendance. One of the speakers there was a representative from the Neon Heritage Preservation Committee of the Route 66 Association of Missouri who described the Association's vision to establish a neon park in Missouri for orphaned Route 66 neon signs. Ensuing discussions between those two parties then led to St. Robert becoming the proposed home for these former icons of the Mother Road.

"The Road Ahead"
"The Road Ahead"

The Route 66 Association of Missouri and the City of St. Robert will also be the organization's partners in this endeavor.

This gives us all the ability to be a part of an exciting new development, to bring back these neon signs that are from an important part of America's history.  We can not wait to see this project through, to share the "neon at night" with the world

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Other fundraising initiatives involve park feature sponsorships, brick sales to line the asphalt pathways, and campaigns focused on sponsorships of individual signs that are in need of being refurbished. We are also researching grants and corporate community grant programs. To have a hand in being a part of this exciting development please visit the website at Route66Preservation.org, for additional information. If we have an overwhelming success through this Kickstarter campaign, that will just bring us along even further on this project. We have several people that have committed to help with labor and material donations. We have several signs in our possession that are ready for their "makeover"! Let's make this happen!

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    Book - "Old Pulaski in Pictures - Rivers, Rails, Roads and Recreation - Pulaski County, Missouri" by John Bradbury and Terry Primas

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    Your name, photo, or company name and logo featured on Route66Preservation.org "I had a hand in building the Route 66 Neon Park" partner page.
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    Your name and or business (including logo or clip art) Etched into 8x8 tile to be placed on sponsor wall within park.
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    Sponsorship of bench within Route 66 Neon Park, includes name plate listing your name or company name.
    Shout-out on Route 66 Preservation Facebook page.
    Your name, photo, or company name and logo featured on Route66Preservation.org "I had a hand in building the Route 66 Neon Park partner page.
    Submit your video to be placed on website and in our social media channels.
    Bench's are custom made of car parts. Set in concrete/asphalt, within the Route 66 Neon Park.

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    Your generous donation will go towards the refurbishing, pole and setting cost for the first neon sign for the park. This sign originated at Oak Court Modern Cabins. Watch for upcoming video about this fantastic sign. Your name and or business will be featured on the historic marker that shares the story of where this sign originated. Sign to be placed in park upon opening day, which TDB, in which you will receive a personal invite, dinner and overnight stay.

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