LEBANON, Missouri- Randy and Debby Sutter of Lebanon have presented a $2,500 check in memory of
Randy’s late parents, S.R. and Mary C. Sutter, for the Route 66 Mural Project.
Gary Sosniecki, left, vice president of the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society,
accepted the check.
“Route 66 has been an integral part of our family since the ‘50s,” Randy Sutter said.
His mother, Mary, served on the Lebanon Park Board for several years, and his dad,
S.R., had juke boxes from Devil’s Elbow to Conway for United Amusements.
Donations and pledges totaling $47,450 have been received for the three murals to
be erected at Lebanon's Boswell Park, which is being upgraded with a Route 66
theme. The park fronts Elm Street, which was Route 66’s original path through
Lebanon from 1926 to 1957.
“With the Sutter family donation and other donations that have come in this week,
the fund-raising campaign is only $2,550 away from having two of the murals paid
for,” Sosniecki said. The total project cost is $75,000.
The murals will depict an iconic 1957 Chevrolet driving Route 66 at the entrance to
Lebanon, a 1929 Texaco gas truck crossing the Gasconade River bridge in eastern
Laclede County and a tribute to the Nelson family, which operated Nelson’s Dream
Village and the Nelson Tavern on both sides of Route 66 at the Missouri 5
The block walls for the 20-foot- by-10- foot murals have been completed, and the first
mural is expected to be installed In January by Whitehill Enterprises of Joplin.
Donors of at least $100 will be recognized on a plaque at the murals. The size of the
donation will determine the size of the font used in displaying the donor’s name.
Checks may be written to the Lebanon Area Foundation with the notation “Route 66
They may be mailed to the Lebanon Area Foundation, P.O. Box 1042,
Lebanon, MO 65536, or to the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society, P.O. Box
66, Lebanon, MO 65536, or given to any board member of the society