After heading west from
old Route 66,
you’ll drive through a scenic stretch of the Mother Road
on your way to
Carthage that provides numerous peeks at the past along this almost
abandoned piece of payment. Though still populated by large farms
and ranches, the old towns along this slice of the highway have long passed
their prime when I-44 barreled through. Though some of the settlements
along this section still have a few people living in them, almost every
one of the dozen or so towns that once thrived here, have long since
exist at any more.
meanders westward out of
Highway 266 through rolling hills that are situated along the western edge of the Ozark Plateau.
Within a few short miles, you'll come to what must be one of the oldest
cemeteries on Route 66
- the Yeakley Cemetery, established in 1852.
Named for a prominent farmer and rancher named Thomas Yeakley, this well-tended cemetery also boasts
the Yeakley Chapel, built in 1887, that continues to provide services
Yeakley Chapel has been standing since
1887 & continues to serve congregations
today. Kathy Weiser, September, 2007.
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