The Boots Motel is located at what is called the Crossroads of America, the intersection of Route 66 and Highway 71 - the two major highways in America when the motel was established in 1939.
The Boots Motel is a piece of nostalgia and has drawn notable people, including Clark Gable, who stayed in Room 6.
"It has that 1940's, 1950's feel to it," says Wendi Douglas, the Executive Director of the Carthage Convention and Visitors Bureau. "It was very progressive and modern at the time and it was advertised to have a radio in every room. So just to bring back those memories I think would be a great thing."
It wasn't until recently the property became available. Douglas says the Convention and Visitors Bureau became proactive in seeing the potential the motel could bring to Carthage.
Carthage Historic Preservation committee members are working with the bank, looking at options to purchase the historic motel, and they see a lot of possibilities for drawing visitors.
"People have discussed using it as a museum but I think, ultimately, we would love to see it as a motel again," Douglas says.
Even though the motel is closed it still draws visitors traveling along old Route 66, including four friends from Illinois making the trip to Los Angeles - fulfilling a bucket list item and celebrating their upcoming birthdays.
They say opening the motel would be great and potentially could become a hub for the route.
"I think the more first-hand you can look at things first-hand the more interesting it is," says Gayle Nafzinger.
"I think it is the history of the nation," says Jodene Scheller.
"As we travel, all the international people that we find on these routes that have come here to the USA to travel this, you know, they could travel across the United States via Route 66," says Ginger Barnes.
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