20875 Old 66 Blvd., Joplin, MO. 64801
417 - 385 - MY66 (6966)
Pioneer movie photographer Benny Kent’s films of early state and local events can be viewed at the downtown Lincoln County Historical Society Museum of Pioneer History. It houses a large collection of county artifacts, photographs, a teacher’s legacy of marionette theater and soon, the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame and Museum.
International tourist interest in historic U.S. Route 66, “Main Street of America”, has increased travel to Chandler and the Chandler Rt.66 Interpretive Center in the historic National Guard native stone armory. www.route66interpretivecenter.org
Chandler was located on a scenic hilltop in the center of Lincoln County to serve as the county seat of government, and was established in its own land run September 28, 1891. Chandler was never a “boom” town despite surrounding oil discoveries and abundant crops, especially cotton. Population counts within city limits have neared but never reached 3,000. Estimate for 2008 is 2,749.
Above: This rare 1930 Phillips 66 filling station in Chandler's downtown is supposed to be in the early stages of restoration, along with a vintage Valentine Diner (below) sitting behind it. The old gas pumps are also waiting for restoration efforts.
The old, circa 1939 Lincoln Motel was nearly closed, but
is now under new ownership, and open for business.
Hog Wild BBQ & Chrome Fest
Mark your calendars for Friday and Saturday, June 18th and 19th, 2010