Villa Ridge is the Indian Harvest Trading Post, Kathy Weiser,
While this is not a vintage location, the
Indian Harvest Trading Post exemplifies the
Route 66 "style" and
looks like an "inviting" stop for Route 66'ers. But, based on our experience and those of other
travelers, this is a "MUST AVOID" stop, as the business owners are not, in
the least, bit friendly and don't "want any
Trash" on their property. Ok, folks - they said it -- we need to listen.
Villa Ridge and St. Clair
just east of Exit 242, these folks had a great idea when they built this
place, but, unfortunately, it's not working for Route 66 enthusiasts. Though it has
the "flavor" of old Route 66, this "retail" operation seemingly doesn't have it's heart into
what the old
Mother Road represents, but instead, appears only to be focused on
profit. Yes, we understand that businesses have to make money, but, this
establishment is seemingly missing the point of how to do that.
The trading post charges customers to come
into their "teepee store," which is not, by the way, reminiscent of a
museum, not nearly as cool as other trading posts along the route, nor in
any way, warrants an admission charge. When
Legends of America visited
in November, 2007, the admission charge was $2.00, the amount of which
could be credited against a purchase. We forfeited the admission charge as
most of the merchandise appeared to have been imported from Mexico and had
very high prices.
Certainly, this place does not portray the
revival at it's best. Though we were able to snap a photo, we also hear
that photos are no longer allowed and quite frankly, we have to suggest
you pass on this stop.
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