GOT GASCONADE???! - A Rally To Save The Bridge - April 23rd

©David J. Schwartz - Pics On Route 66

©David J. Schwartz - Pics On Route 66

 

 

Join In The Effort!

On Saturday, April 23 2016 from 12-4pm The Bridge Guardians are hosting a rally to promote the preservation of The Route 66 Gasconade Bridge, in Hazelgreen, Missouri. 

This Bridge is a  major contributing factor in the aesthetic and feel of vintage travel on Route 66.  The bridge adds to the road's timeless sense of place.

Last year, over 300 people came out, from all over the world, to support the effort of saving this historic bridge. Even more attendees are expected this year.   Help us rally support and raise funds to save and restore a much loved Route 66 icon in the Ozarks of Missouri.  

Come hear from leaders of the Route 66 community and others on how to support the bridge, what progress has been made and what can be done save this this icon.  Local folks will speak about how the closing affects their lives and future plans for tourism development in the area.

Gasconade River Bridge August 2014, prior to closing.  ©Pics On Route 66

Gasconade River Bridge August 2014, prior to closing.  ©Pics On Route 66

Show your spirit with Bridge Guardians merchandise!

Stop the Bridge Guardians merch booth at the rally for T-shirts, stickers, postcards, magnets, fine art prints and more.  Proceeds go to further of the effort of saving the bridge.  

The Pics On Route 66 design (top) will be available at booth. I've created 4X4  stickers and a limited edition signed fine art print to help the cause. Not going to make the rally? Shop now in The Pics On Route 66 Store.

Come for the weekend, this is only one of the several Route 66 events happening in the area!
 
Friday, April 22 Movie: "Built for Speed" The Coral Court Motel - introduced by Shellee Graham at The Lebanon-Laclede County Library.  
Saturday, April 23 Save The Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge Rally at the bridge.  Author/Photographer Jim Ross will be on hand signing his brand new Book "Route 66 Crossings" Historic Bridges of the Mother Road.
Saturday, April 23 Celebration of Bob and Ramona Lehman's 45th Anniversary Munger Moss Motel
Sunday, April 24th Laurel Kane Memorial Gathering at Afton Station- Route 66
Follow the links for more info.

In addition, The Boots Cort Motel in Carthage, has completed another step in their restoration. The motel has brand new neon going around the building,  stop by and check out!
I've also got word that The 66 Drive-In Theatre  in Carthage is open for the season.  A great chance to take in a movie from the comforts of your own four wheels in old school style...

 Visit Hooked On Route 66's facebook event page for more information about the rally.  If you haven't already,  Please take a moment to sign the petition  save the bridge.
 A huge thank you To Roamin' Rich Dinkela and all the hard working Bridge Guardians for all of their efforts!

Photographs from The 2015 Gasconade Rally

About The Gasconade Bridge
The Gasconade River Bridge on Route 66 in Laclede County, Missouri is a dying breed. Traveling the famous Route 66 highway in it heyday, you would have passed over many rivers and streams via  these charming structures made of of steel and concrete.  As time has marched on, sadly these iron horses have decayed and been replaced by non-memorable passages, over flowing water.  In fact of you start in Chicago and travel Route 66, via the old two lane, you will not be met by a passable though truss bridge for roughly 500 miles or 1/5 of the total distance of Route 66, the first overhead trust bridge, to greet you is The Devil's Elbow bridge, just a little further down the road you come to the Gasconade Bridge.  

On December 18th, 2014 MDOT closed The Gasconade  bridge due to "Multiple areas of deterioration" MDot website 12/18/2014  At this point, repair or replacement of the bridge remains idle due to a lack of MoDot funds.  This bridge must be restored! 

The Gasconade Bridge is a major contributing factor in the aesthetic and feel of vintage travel on Route 66, it adds to the road’s timeless sense of place.
— David Schwartz

 The Gasconade bridge was built in the early 1920's just briefly before Route 66 came into existence in 1926. The bridge is quite unique in the fact that it combines 3 different bridge designs in 4 sections to make one complete bridge. From the east the designs are as follows; One 6-panel Pratt through truss, Two 8-panel Parker through trusses And an 8-panel Warren pony truss with alternating verticals. 

Gasconade route 66 bridge in 2008. ©Pics ON Route 66

Gasconade route 66 bridge in 2008. ©Pics ON Route 66