The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

August 15, 2011

Buyers to restore historic Boots Motel

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Two sisters have announced plans to renovate the historic Boots Motel and put it back into operation.

Priscilla Bledsaw and Deborah Harvey are the buyers of the Route 66 icon, according to Jim Hunter, who marketed the property. He said the sale is to be completed later this month by the purchasers, who plan “to turn the Boots Motel into a viable tourist attraction that will help the city of Carthage in attracting the many tourists that travel Route 66 and seek out these historic structures.”

He said the property was marketed locally and nationally via the many websites that promote Route 66. The property was offered for sale earlier by Vince Scott, who bought it about five years ago. Then it was taken back by Hometown Bank in a foreclosure action in late June.

A committee of local residents involved in historic preservation efforts earlier had organized to look into buying the property to ensure that the motel was preserved.

The two sisters, after cruising Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles in 2006, began talking about buying a motel on the highway to operate when they retired, Hunter said.

“Although not ready to retire yet, they felt that the Boots Motel was too good an opportunity to miss,” he said.

Bledsaw has a retail background and formerly owned a jewelry store in Decatur, Ill., where she lives. Harvey lives in Decatur, Ga., and is the proprietor of a consulting firm involved in historic research and historic preservation projects.

The two plan to restore the Boots Court to its late 1940s appearance. The motel portion of the building is to be put back into operation as a “boutique motel” to provide visitors the motor hotel experience that was available in the 1940s and 1950s. The rear building, constructed in 1946, will be rehabilitated as offices, offering five spaces that will be available for leasing later this year.

Hunter said the loan on the purchase is expected to close later this month, and the new owners plan to hold an open house on Sept. 9-11.



Preservation

THE PRESERVATION of the Boots Motel as a Route 66 landmark was central in the recommendations of a group of Drury University students who completed a “downtown visioning” project for the city earlier this year. The group in May presented a report saying Carthage should capitalize on its history and its place on Route 66 to bring more people and activity to the downtown business district.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • r073114rebuildjoplin3.jpg 30 volunteers a day would be a ‘game-changer’ for Rebuild Joplin

    Betty and Louis Wirick, both 79, say they are grateful to have survived the 2011 tornado as it tore down part of their home of 25 years on South Bird Avenue. But three years later, they are frustrated.

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • Event for veterans on tap at Crowder

    For area veterans who have returned home from more than a decade at war, the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks hopes to send a simple message at an event this weekend: Welcome home.

    August 1, 2014

  • Fair to feature goats, chickens and decorated bras

    Along with the usual fair sights, sounds and smells — livestock, poultry, produce and the like — there will be something a bit unusual at the Cherokee County American Legion Free Fair this year: Decorated brassieres. And pink. Lots of pink.

    August 1, 2014

  • Damien D Doxley 051314.jpg Prison term meted out in carjacking case

    A Newton County judge assessed a defendant in a Joplin carjacking case seven years in prison Friday on a conviction on a charge of tampering with a motor vehicle.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • 080114 Older worker1_72.jpg Co-workers, friends honor nurse with 50-year career

    Wilma Massey has worked a half century in health care and, even at the age of 74, she’s the first to arrive at work each morning.

    August 1, 2014 2 Photos

  • Amendment 7 backers tout safety, new jobs; foes say special interests to benefit

    The constitutional amendment, sent to the voters by the Legislature this year, would temporarily increase Missouri’s sales tax by three-quarters of 1 percent, raising an estimated $5.4 billion for the next decade to fund transportation projects.

    August 1, 2014

  • Brownback names 3 Kansas Board of Regents members

    Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday named a former veteran Kansas House member and two attorneys to the board overseeing the state’s higher education system.

    August 1, 2014

  • Grant to fund solar energy system for PSU’s Plaster Center

    An $80,000 grant from Westar Energy will fund solar panels to provide both energy and education at the Robert W. Plaster Center, now under construction at Pittsburg State University.

    August 1, 2014

  • Survey seeks views on Joplin’s future goals

    Residents are being asked to fill out a survey on priorities for Joplin’s future. The effort was inspired by a meeting of community leaders last month. Survey forms are available at the Joplin Public Library and online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/jointjoplinareaplanningsurvey.

    July 31, 2014

  • Habitat slates volunteer work days

    In the wake of the 2011 tornado, Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity has been a partner with organizations and individuals in the construction of 86 new houses. But what’s also needed, Executive Director Scott Clayton said, are repairs to area homes.

    July 31, 2014

Must Read
Sports
Photos


Facebook
Poll

Do you plan on voting in the Aug. 5 elections being held in Missouri and Kansas?

Yes
No
     View Results
Opinion
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter