Stony Dell Route 66 Resort, Arlington, MO, USA.
I am always interested in ghost towns, and there are many along the original Route 66 were abandoned when the highway was rerouted. On a small two-lane road near Arlington, MO., now called Powellville Outer Road or State Highway D, part of the original US Route 66, we came across a group of abandoned group of buildings. Researching the building back at my studio, I discovered the building was once a popular resort that entertained famous celebrities such as Mae West.
Stony Dell Resort History
In the 1930s, by George Prewett on the site of a campground on the Cherokee Trail of Tears, the Stony Dell complex consisted of a hotel, restaurant, cabins, a large fish pond, a gas station, and a vast 100-foot swimming pool. The resort was a destination for people who lived as far away as Kansas City and a favored stop for Route 66 travelers.
By 1946, much of Route 66 was moved for a better traffic flow; by 1967, the resort and town of Arlington were abandoned.
The old café, store, stone archway, fish pond, and a few cabins remain, including the abandoned house with an old painted sign offering "Gas, Food, Bait, and Hand-made gifts." This photographic print features the abandoned, but untouched for decades, kitchen in this remaining building on the side of the road.
Most abandoned interior structures I come across have been cleaned out, and then the remains of the building become in ruin. In this case, the kitchen was full of interesting items.
© Dan Kosmayer, 2022