The Boots Motel is for sale, and a Carthage group is looking for a way to preserve the iconic building on Route 66.
A group met recently at the Carthage Chamber of Commerce to discuss whether there is interest in trying to ensure the building remains a Carthage landmark.
“It was pretty much unanimous that they want to see more preservation along Route 66 in Carthage. Since the Boots is for sale, it would be the first target,” said Wendi Douglas, executive director of the Carthage Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The initial meeting on Friday was organized by Lora Phelps, a vice president at UMB Bank.
“A lot of people feel the Boots should be preserved and that it could be utilized as a way to bring more people to Carthage,” she said. “We wanted to get a group together, and now we’re discussing ideas and exploring our options.”
By Susan Redden – Globe Staff Writer The Joplin Globe