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Renovations continue at historic Route 66 motel in Carthage

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An iconic motel used as a stop over for travelers on Route 66 is undergoing renovations to restore its former glory.

Travelers looking for ice machines or high definition televisions might not want to stay the night at the historic Boots Motel in Carthage, Missouri.

Those looking to relive a little piece of 1949 on Route 66 will feel differently.

"Some of the things our guests have said are that the notion of going back to an earlier time is appealing," says Boots Motel owner Deborah Harvey.  "We try to run this motel as it would be in 1949."

It's also hosted some pretty famous faces through out the years.  Clark Gable stayed here twice in the 1940's.

"For me, it's important to retain at least some of our important buildings and environments to help us remember how things have been," says Harvey.

Owners says it took nine months to restore the back five rooms and that they are currently working on restoring the roof and front rooms in period style and furniture.

That may draw those interested in the romantic notion of the route says Michele Hansford, the director of the Powers Museum.

"I've heard grandparents who have visited the museum and say 'I want to take my grandchildren there so they realize what kind of experiences we had while traveling at their age,'" says Hansford.

Though the owners say the completely renovated motel may be years away, they will continue to stay open for business throughout the entirety of the process, giving customers traveling along the route one on one service by staying as true to the past as possible.

Harvey says she hopes to receive a title of National Historic Landmark for the 1939 structure once the renovations are complete.

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