Maplewood in St. Louis County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
— Marlboroough, MO —
Rooms with private garages renting for four to eight hours at a time crystallized racy reputation of mythical proportions for this 77-room motor inn. The rate structure was created for tired truckers, but a more discreet clientele were attracted.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the U.S. Route 66 series list.
Location. 38° 36.778′ N, 90° 19.094′ W. Marker is in Maplewood, Missouri, in St. Louis County. Marker is on Manchester Road (Missouri Route 100), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7326 Manchester Road, Saint Louis MO 63143, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Scheidt Hardware (a few steps from this marker); 66 Park-In Theater (a few steps from this marker); Katz Drug Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Kalb Electric (within shouting distance of this marker); Citizens National Bank Sunnen Products Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Saratoga Lanes (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Empire Supply (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Maplewood.
More about this marker. This is part of the City of Maplewood's Route 66 Tribute and Memorial Plaques series. This is one of six memorial sidewalk plaques.
Regarding Coral Court. The Coral Court opened in 1942. It was located at 7755 Watson Road in the St. Louis suburb of Marlborough, Missouri. In the following decades, parts of the motel were added as it grew in popularity. As the marker states, the Coral Court gained a reputation for having not just rooms to rent, but garages, which would make the motel a popular spot for adultery. Unlike several classic Route 66 businesses, the Coral Court would remain in good shape while Route 66 would be replaced by nearby constructed interstates. But by 1988, the motel was showing heavy signs of decay and was at risk for demolition. This brought a group of volunteers together in trying to preserve the Coral Court. While
Today, a new housing development and a Quiktrip gas station sits on the old Coral Court site. A part of the actual motel sits on display at the National Museum of Transportation, which is outside St. Louis.
Also see . . . Maplewood's Route 66 Memorial and Tribute Plaques. The City of Maplewood's webpage on the sidewalk plaques (Submitted on September 14, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
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