Route 97 starts at a curve of Route 32, 8 miles south of El Dorado Springs. Runs south for 8 miles, where State Hwy B joins it for a 2-mile stretch to the western edge of Jerico Springs, MO. On the western side of Jerico Springs, the road turns to the east. In downtown Jerico Springs, Hwy B continues straight; while 97 turns to the south. 3 miles south of Jerico Springs, at the junction of State Hwy D, 97 turns east for a few miles, before turning back south to Lockwood, MO. At Lockwood, 97 intersects US Hwy 160. It then crosses the BNSF railroad in downtown Lockwood; then runs south for 14 miles to a junction with Route 96. After crossing 96, it passes through Stotts City; then 2 miles south of Stotts City; it crosses I-44 at exit 38; then it turns west on the old US Route 166 roadbed for 2 miles, before turning left (south) to go to Pierce City. In Pierce City, it shares a 2 block stretch of Route 37; before turning south again. 2 miles south of Pierce City, it intersects US Hwy 60 at Yonkerville; also the home of the Monett Municipal Airport. 97 runs south for 7 miles, passing the unincorporated Polish American community of Pulaskifield. South of Pulaskifield, it intersects State Route B, then turns west for 2 miles to its southern terminus at Hwy 86; four miles north of Wheaton, MO.
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