CARTHAGE, Mo. —Boots Court Foundation 501(c)(3), in cooperation with C Town, LLC, has begun a full restoration of the historic Boots Court motel.
Constructed in 1939 by Arthur Boots, Boots Court is located at 107 S. Garrison Avenue in Carthage. Initially offering four rooms, Mr. Boots later expanded to eight when the first four proved successful. A second building, to the west, was built in 1946 by the Neeley family and consisted of five additional rooms. After many decades of catering to travelers along Route 66, this iconic and unique Streamline Moderne motel fell into disrepair. Over the last decade, flat roof restoration was completed and partial room renovations begun by previous owners.
Boots Court Foundation was established to be the vehicle to fully restore the historic Boots Court, and prevent the motel from further decline and possible demolition. Additional structures around the motel were also acquired to enhance the property and community. Boots Court remains one of the oldest motels on Historic Route 66, serving as a popular attraction along the Route and making Carthage a desired tourism destination. Application has been made to include Boots Court on the National Register of Historic Places, further highlighting its historic tourism status for the community.
Restoration and rehabilitation will be completed with the intent of maintaining the historic feel and experience of the original Boots Court. Updates will be provided as the restoration progresses. Visit bootscourt66.com for additional photos and updates.