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

Coral Court

1941-1993

 

Marlboroough, MO

 
Coral Court Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, September 10, 2019
1. Coral Court Marker
Inscription.  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.
 
Erected 2010.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the U.S. Route 66 marker series.
 
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 (within shouting distance
Coral Court Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, September 10, 2019
2. Coral Court Marker
sidewalk plaque in front of Chateau Maplewood Wine Bar & Shop
of this marker); 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 the site was placed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, efforts weren't enough to keep the place going, and by 1993, the Coral Court was closed for good. It would be torn down completely in 1995.



Today,
Coral Court Motel image. Click for full size.
By John Margolies, 1988
3. Coral Court Motel
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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More. Search the internet for Coral Court.
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 15, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 14, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 88 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 14, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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