The Boots Motel in Carthage Missouri is a classic example of Streamline Moderne influenced Architecture with its once distinct green neon, evolved into a Route 66 icon from the early days of motor tourism.
At its 1939 opening of the Boots, Arthur and Ida Boots advertised “A Radio in Every Room“. The covered carport with every room is a reminder of when cars were considered a coveted luxury rather than the necessity they have become. For its time it was indeed thoroughly modern with a radio in every room, showers with tiled floors, and a floor furnace with thermostat control. There is an underground service corridor from the garage storage area on the alley to the motel. The furnaces and utilities were accessable here as the roof was originally flat. Rooms all had a single double bed except room #8 which had two twin beds…..all with chenille beadspreads. Rooms #6, #7 & #8 were reputed to be”kitchenettes”, and had an alcove with a two-burner stovetop and possibly a sink. The floors were linoleum tile, the walls were stuccco painted white and furnishings included two end tables, a dresser and several heavy chromed steel chairs with padded leather seats and backs. For entertainment, there was a radio in every room. The 1935 census listed 9848 tourist courts across the country; by 1940 there were 20,000.