Route 66 St. Louis: From the Bridges to the Diamonds
By Norma Maret Bolin, 466 pages, St. Louis Transitions, softcover, nonfiction, $29.95
Author Norma Bolin tells a St. Louis version of Route 66 history from the perspectives of the people that lived there. She focuses not only on Route 66 staples such as Ted Drewes and the infamous Coral Court, but her interest and research into the area brought numerous forgotten establishments to the surface, such as Lubeley’s Bakery, Chuck-A-Burger, and The Green Parrot Inn. She follows the path Route 66 made throughout St. Louis, mentioning historic sites, bridges, and even the town’s history with baseball.
With nearly a thousand photographs and more than 200 never-before-told stories, she presents a behindthe-scenes look into the past, giving a voice to the people behind all the businesses that sprung up along the Mother Road.