Route 66 Through Bourbon, Missouri


Bourbon, Missouri provides the Route 66 traveler with what is perhaps the third most interesting water tower you’ll see along the Mother Road (the first two being the Giant Catsup Bottle in Collinsville, Illinois, and the leaning Britten USA tower in Groom, Texas–I’ll let you decide which deserves the number 1 spot).  Go ahead and take a picture, then tell all your friends at home that it’s actually filled with Bourbon.  Ha, ha, ha.

Actually, there’s more than one Bourbon tower in the tiny town — I spotted at least three of them.  This was the smallest one, and the first one you’ll spot as you head westbound.

The Bourbon Tower that I photographed is on the north side of I-44, while old US 66 runs through town, on the south side of the Interstate.

Note: This trip was first published in 2008.

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