Tales from The Coral Court Motel
The Coral Court Motel can undeniably be grouped with The Blue Swallow, as an iconic Route 66 landmark motel. However, The Coral Court Motel is long gone from the suburbs of St. Louis.
John Carr opened The Coral Court in 1942, during the US World War II mobilization effort. The motel had an unusual art deco design and each room had an adjacent garage for travelers to park their automobile.
The Route 66 Podcast is pleased to announce Route 66 historian, and author of Tales from The Coral Court, Shellee Graham. Hear Shellee talk about the following:
- The very first time Shellee saw The Coral Court Motel
- Secret rooms and underground tunnels that were part of The Coral Court Motel design
- The good hearted nature of John Carr, owner of The Coral Court
- A very touching tale of an impromptu honeymoon for a couple at The Coral Court Motel
- Some of the most famous visitors to the motel, besides Sinatra
- The Coral Court Preservation Movement
- Past and present tributes honoring The Coral Court
- Future plans for Shellee and Route 66 publications
Shellee’s Coral Court Website: The Coral Court Motel
Facebook Page: Shellee Graham
Shellee’s Graham Photography Website: Shellee Graham
Email Address: Shellee66@earthlink.net
Coral Court owner John Carr with grandson on left
Shellee Graham Photographer
Special thanks to Bruce Chulka for writing to the podcast and sharing picture of his grandson getting the Route 66 experience.