Arlington, Missouri

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Arlington is a ghost town in western Phelps County, Missouri, United States, along a county road that was once U.S. Route 66. The town found its prosperity in the mid-19th century. Located near Rolla on the Ozark Plateau, all that remains of the once-booming town is a caravan park.

History[edit]

Founded by Thomas Harrison and James Harrison circa-1867 and named for the former Robert E. Lee plantation (later a cemetery) at Arlington, Virginia,[1] Arlington was once a popular resort served by the Pacific Railroad. Located on the last section of U.S. Route 66 in Missouri to be paved in 1931, the tiny community served fishermen on the Gasconade and Little Piney Rivers.[2]

Stony Dell Resort capitalised on U.S. Route 66 and the nearby Fort Leonard Wood military base to grow in the 1930s and early 1940s from a small group of tourist cabins to a popular oasis which included a stream-fed swimming pool, a restaurant, service station and bus stop, offering tennis, dancing, boating and fishing.[3]

By 1946, the town was in decline due to re-routing of a widened US 66; the town site was purchased that year by R. E. Carney. The original 1923 US 66 road bridge, bypassed when the road was widened to four lanes in 1952, was demolished when Interstate 44 bypassed the town in 1966-1967, leaving the original two-lane US 66 a dead-end. Most of the Stony Dell Resort was lost to demolition during freeway construction; the restaurant and a handful of cabins remain, now abandoned.[4] Even the 1952 four lane bridge was demolished and replaced as part of a 2005 alignment of I-44.[5]

One lone business remains, a caravan park (Arlington River Resort, 13003 Arlington Road). The only road access to the townsite is I-44 to Newburg, Missouri then back on what's left of the original two-lane US 66 roadway (Arlington Outer Road, a dead-end). No longer easily accessed by rail and road, Arlington is now a ghost town.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bill Earngey (1995-12-01). Missouri Roadsides: The Traveler's Companion. p. 221. ISBN 9780826210210. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  2. ^ Walter A. Schroeder; Howard W. Marshall (1998-06-15). Missouri: The WPA Guide to the "Show Me" State. p. 415. ISBN 9781883982232. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  3. ^ "Stony Dell Resort, Arlington, Missouri - Ghost Towns". Waymarking.com. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  4. ^ "John's Modern Cabins and Stony Dell Resort (video)". 
  5. ^ Joe Sonderman (2009-05-20). Route 66 In The Missouri Ozarks. p. 31. ISBN 9780738560304. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  6. ^ "Arlington, Missouri". Route 66 University. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 

Coordinates: 37°55′13″N 91°58′16″W / 37.92028°N 91.97111°W / 37.92028; -91.97111