lebanon mo

Honorary Colonel Arthur T. Nelson opened his beautifully landscaped Texaco station at the intersection of US 66 and MO 5 at Lebanon, Missouri. He rented tents to travelers at first and then built the Top O’ the Ozarks Inn, with eight cabins named after each of the Route 66 states. He opened the lavish Nelson Tavern in 1930 and then the Nelson Dream Village, with its musical fountain, across the road in 1933. The complex became known as Nelsonville, but it was all torn down in 1958.

Photo from the collection of Joe Sonderman, who also provided caption info.