Many glad Carthaginians gathered Tuesday morning to celebrate local tourism at the Boots Motel.
Wendy Douglas, with the Carthage Convention and Visitor's Bureau, was happy to announce the motel's soft opening, and a ribbon cutting was held in conjunction of the Route 66 Travel Rally.
The scene encouraged visitors to feel as if they stepped back in the time to the motel's heyday with a 1949 Chevy parked out front, and Ron Hart, director of the Route 66 Chamber of Commerce, dressed for the time period.
Bernie Milligan, owner of the of Chevy, was happy to share his renovation work of the car. It had sat in a barn for 35 years, but on Tuesday, people circled the car and imagined pulling up to the motel from Route 66 to rent a room.
Also at the event was Terri Heckmaster, with Precious Moments, to help celebrate tourism in the area. Carthage Mayor Mike Harris read a proclamation for the National Travel Rally. Fifth graders from Carl Junction were under the guidance of Michele Hansford, with the Powers Museum, as they made the Boots Motel one of their stops for the Route 66 tour day.
Deborah Harvey, owner of the Boots Motel, was all smiles as she gave tours of the rooms.
“We're very happy to be open, ready for guests, ready to be a part of the economic development community,” she said.
Many flags are flying proudly in front of the motel to welcome travelers from many different nations to Carthage and the motel. Once again, the motel is ready for guests like it was when it first opened in 1939.