Welcome to Joplin – the final sizable city on your Route 66 journey through western Missouri. In Joplin, Route 66 is known as Madison Street until it eventually becomes Range Line Road. The original Route 66 turns west at 7th Street and heads into downtown Joplin.
If you're ready for a bite to eat, check any number of nearby Joplin eateries on 7th St. Sultan of Smoke, for instance, was voted the best BBQ restaurant on Route 66 in a recent poll. Not far from there, 66 Sports Bar & Restaurant scores points with both locals and travelers.
Joplin's west side features Schifferdecker Park, first established as Electric Park back in 1909. By the 1950s, a full-on amusement park was operating at Schifferdecker Park, complete with a merry-go-round, train rides and a Ferris wheel. Today, those rides are long gone but the park remains a major attraction.
Best Western Oasis Inn & Suites
3508 S. Range Line Road
Joplin, MO 64804-4431
Best Western Big Spring Lodge in Neosho
1810 Southern View Drive
Neosho, Missouri, 64850-2912
Heading west from Joplin, Route 66 makes a beeline west toward the state line. You can follow the original-original 1926 route using a turnoff right before leaving Missouri, or follow the four-lane highway that has been Route 66 since the 1940s.
You've officially been shown the Show-Me State along Route 66.