Stony Dell Resort, Arlington, Missouri
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Queens Blessing
N 37° 54.682 W 091° 58.627
15S E 589915 N 4196474
Quick Description: Stony Dell was one of the busiest destination resorts along historic Route 66 in the 1930-1940's.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 7/1/2011 9:13:42 PM
Waymark Code: WMBXM4
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member TravisGood
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Long Description:
The town Arlington existed before automobile travel became widespread, but much of the town was built in the 1930-1940’s, during the heyday of travel on the old historic Route 66, since Arlington was conveniently located right on that famous highway, and travelers were eager to experience the Missouri countryside. Stony Dell Resort, was one of the busiest destination resorts in Missouri at the time. The movie star Mae West visited the resort on at least one occasion. Stony Dell was located a short drive from nearby Ft. Leonard Wood military base and was a popular hangout for the troops on weekends.

Activities at Stony Dell included a large swimming pool, tennis, dancing, boating, fishing, a restaurant, service station, bus stop, and a Justice of the Peace. A bit of interesting history of the old restaurant is that there were tanks of live fish inside the restaurant, fed by spring water, to keep the fish alive. Customers could pick out a fish to be prepared for their meal.

In 1939 ten cabins were available for rent ($1-$2 per night). One swimming pool was fed by an Artesion well and the water was quite cold. The resort was so popular, the Highway Patrol was on hand to direct traffic on some days. Church groups often used the resort for retreats.

By 1946, Arlington was beginning to shrink, becoming very quiet, since much of Route 66 had been re-routed to make travel faster, and in 1967, most of the resort was razed in anticipation of the construction of the four-lane highway that replaced Route 66. Once the town of Arlington was bypassed by the highway, it became a ghost town. It is still considered an iconic part of Old Route 66. Some of the old, classic stonework still exists.

According to the National Parks Service, of the portions of Route 66 that were located in Missouri, "The last mile of original Route 66 paving was completed on January 5, 1931. The work crew for this section, which was located in Phelps County near Arlington, tossed coins into the wet cement to celebrate the completion. Missouri was the third of the eight Route 66 states to be fully paved. " Source: (visit link)

Please note: this is private property, so only view the property from a distance and do not enter the private land. Take only photos and no other souvenirs from this location, so others can also enjoy its charm.
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North Outer Rd/State Hwy D (mile marker 172)
Arlington, MO United States

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