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The Meramec River flows past Route 66 State Park in Missouri.

Route 66 State Park is a Missouri state park located on the former site of the town of Times Beach. It is a 419 acre (1.7 km) park located less than one mile (1.6 km) east of Eureka.


Times Beach was bought, dismantled, and decontaminated by the EPA following the discovery of widespread dioxin contamination in the 1980s. Fields of wild grass and brush now grow where the homes of evacuated residents formerly stood. Deserted streets line the park and hint at what once was a resort community in west Saint Louis County. This park has very few accommodations in comparison with other Missouri state parks. It provides access to the Meramec River and supports cycling and equestrian uses.


A visitor center located in the old Bridgehead Inn has photos and memorabilia of structures along Route 66 in the Saint Louis area which have been torn down and replaced by modern shopping centers and strip malls. The visitor center also contains an interpretation of the ecological disaster and the 20-year clean up of the area.


The park is accessible from Interstate 44 at the visitor center.


External link

  • Park's website (http://www.mostateparks.com/route66.htm)

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Route 66 State Park (266 words)
Route 66 State Park, one of the newest additions to the Missouri State Park System, is now a reality.
The new park, officially opened on September 11, 1999, fills a need in Missouri by offering a stopping point of recognized value to all Route 66 travelers, while also serving as a powerful magnet for local visitation and use.
This includes boater access to the Meramec River which flows through the park, picnic sites for individuals and groups, a special event area for activities such as festivals, car displays and the “75th anniversary of 66” party in November 2001, and more than 13 miles of trails for hikers, bicyclists and equestrians.
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