Inaugural Discover the Best of Missouri Life Awards

Devils Elbow Steel Bridge Route 66 Pulaski County Missouri
The iconic Devils Elbow bridge over the Big Piney river delivers travelers into the historic village of Devils Elbow, Missouri.

SAINT ROBERT, MO, March 12— Pulaski County Tourism Bureau has been notified by Missouri Life Magazine that Devils Elbow, Missouri has been awarded the title of Best Route 66 Location. The publication’s inaugural 2019 Discover the Best of Missouri Life Awards received over 800 nominations for more than 120 award categories. Over 35,000 votes were counted to name winners. The magazine encourages its readers to explore its award-winning locations in 2020.

The “Destinations” category awarded Route 66 as best motorcycle route and stretch of highway, with Devils Elbow getting the nod as Best Route 66 Location.  

Devils Elbow, in Pulaski County, is located approximately 125 miles west of Saint Louis and 160 miles east of Joplin. The scenic village is hugged by the Big Piney river and its landscape is decorated by dramatic limestone bluffs that were once declared to be one of “Missouri’s beauty spots.” Multitudes of Route 66 enthusiasts from around the globe trek to Devils Elbow and its centerpiece bridge each year.

Family taling a selfie with Devils Elbow Bridge as backdrop

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau Executive Director Beth Wiles commented, “The bridge is a Route 66 treasure. It’s always heartwarming to see tourists walking across the bridge and taking pictures of the bluffs and river below.” Wiles continued, “The village is more than just a summer road trip destination. Every winter residents decorate the bridge for Christmas and the result is magical!”

Christmas lights adorn Devils Elbow bridge over the Big Piney river
Photo courtesy of Shawn Helgerson

The bridge, along with several other buildings and structures were designated by the National Register of Historic Places April 17, 2017, as the Devils Elbow Historic District.

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau encourages travelers to request the Bureau’s free Historic Driving Tours brochure when ordering the official Pulaski County Visitors Guide. The brochure includes turn-by-turn directions, vintage images, and historic information for Route 66 through Pulaski County, Missouri.