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Near Eureka in St. Louis County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

A "Key" from the past…

 
 
A "Key" from the past Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 13, 2017
1. A "Key" from the past Marker
Inscription.  
This neon sign once helped bring weary travelers in for a bite to eat and some coffee at the Keys Café, formerly located in Franklin County, MO, on Historic Route 66 by the Twin Bridges. The sign has a distinctive "key" shape, playing on the family name of Noble C. and Nellie E. Key, who owned and operated the Café. Their family and descendants donated the Keys Café sign to Route 66 State Park.

The neon restoration is courtesy of Plasti-Lite Co.

 
Erected by Missouri Route 66 State Park.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the U.S. Route 66 🛣️ series list.
 
Location. 38° 30.349′ N, 90° 35.433′ W. Marker is near Eureka, Missouri, in St. Louis County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Lewis Road and North Outer Road East. Marker is located outside Missouri's Route 66 State Park Visitor Center, near the northeast corner
A "Key" from the past Marker (<i>tall view; marker is mounted at eye-level on pole</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 13, 2017
2. A "Key" from the past Marker (tall view; marker is mounted at eye-level on pole)
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of the building. Access to North Outer Road and the Visitor Center is from exit 266 off Interstate 44 (US Highway 50). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 97 North Outer Road East, Eureka MO 63025, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Meramec Greenway - Flat Creek Trail at Kircher Park (approx. 1.3 miles away); Meramec Greenway - Flat Creek Trail at Lions Park (approx. 2.2 miles away); Lime Kiln (approx. 5.9 miles away); 1935 Frisco Caboose (approx. 6.2 miles away); Site of John Ball Homestead (approx. 6.6 miles away); Dedicated to World Peace (approx. 6.8 miles away); Beacon Car Wash (approx. 7.7 miles away); West Barretts Tunnel (approx. 8.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eureka.
 
Also see . . .  Site of Key’s Twin Bridge Gas Station and Cafe.
(This link presents directions to the original site of Noble and Nellie Key's Café.) Nothing remains of this once busy café and filling station which opened in 1948; it was razed. However you can see the concrete foundations. The distinctive key-shaped neon sign was saved and donated by the Key family to the Route 66 State Park and you can see it there as a "Key" from the Past. (Submitted on August 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Keys Cafe Neon Sign image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 13, 2017
3. Keys Cafe Neon Sign
Route 66 State Park Visitor Center (<i>wide view; marker is located near east end of building</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 13, 2017
4. Route 66 State Park Visitor Center (wide view; marker is located near east end of building)
Visitor Center is located in historic building that was formerly the Steins Inn & also the Bridge Head Inn.
Steins Inn Post Card (<i>on display inside visitor center</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 13, 2017
5. Steins Inn Post Card (on display inside visitor center)
Bridge Head Inn Post Card (<i>on display inside visitor center</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 13, 2017
6. Bridge Head Inn Post Card (on display inside visitor center)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 24, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 106 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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