Day 6 – Rolla Missouri

Rolla Missouri

I keep wanting to say, “Rella”, when it is “Rolla”.  Why?  Because that’s the way the locals say it.  I put up with that when I lived in Pocatella, I mean, Pocatello, Idaho.  Either way, we’re on our way to Rolla Missouri.


Most of the places we stopped made us feel welcome.  This one, however, was on the obnoxious side.

We stopped and were taking pictures of the teepee buildings.  A lady came out telling us not to take pictures.  She invited us in to the “gift shop”, and proceeded to tell us it is a $5 charge which will be deducted from any purchase we make.

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Teepee Gift Shop

I asked questions about the history of the place, for which she couldn’t (or wouldn’t) answer.  I wasn’t impressed.  So I bought a few postcards to recover my $5 entrance fee.  From now on, I’ll just drive by.  It wasn’t worth the stop.

For Sale

An old car for sale caught my attention.  I’m glad we stopped.  It is a 1930 Pontiac.  It is fun to see how my Grand Prix started off.  Look at the grill.  It looks like a Pontiac.  Grills are an important part of a car’s identity.


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1930 Pontiac

Jesse James

This place is big in to Jesse James.  We didn’t tour the wax museum, but the gift shop had some nice postcards.

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Wax Museum

Lunch Time

Lunch time and we stopped for a burger.  We stopped at Steak n’Shake.  We told our waitress what we are doing and she asked if we do maternity portraits.  Well, unfortunately for her New York is a long drive.

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Another Good Burger

While this is a chain burger joint, when you’re ready to eat, you stop and eat.  Little did we know there was a little diner down the road.  The Circle N.  Needless to say, we didn’t eat there, but we did go inside.

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The Circle N

Inside we found a cool Route 66 Mural.

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Inside the Circle N

Already Ate

We kicked ourselves again when we came to the Missouri Hick BBQ.  Again, we went inside to check it out. At the Missouri Hick BBQ you find Hick Chicks. (That’s what they call the waitresses.)

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Missouri Hick BBQ


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Hick Chicks

Moving Right Along

Moving right along we next stopped at the Wagon Wheel Motel.  The stone cottages are so much different than the other motels we’ve seen on Route 66.  They also have their old cars and gas pumps too.

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Wagon Wheel Motel

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Old Gas Pumps

As we entered the next town (Cuba, Missouri), I couldn’t help but notice this “Jesus – King of the Road” sign in the shape of a U.S. Highway Shield.  Very Route 66.

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King of the Road

Cuba, Missouri, offers a lot of Route 66 visuals.  It hosts several murals, unique buildings, and other eclectic stuff we associate with Route 66.

As we are leaving Cuba we see this HUGE Rocking Chair!  It’s constructed better than most buildings.

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Underside Showing Construction

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Giant Rocking Chair

Enough for This Recap

Enough for this recap.  We’re still on the road to Rolla Missouri, so watch for our next post.