45. Munger Moss Motel Ramona Lehman FINAL

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Ramona Lehman is just as iconic as The Munger Moss Motel and recently celebrated 50 years as the owner and operator of this Missouri Route 66 must see stop along The Mother Road.

Join host Anthony Arno as he talks with Ramona about

  • How does an Iowa farm girl wind up on Route 66?
  • Honeymooning along Route 66
  • Early history of The Munger Moss Motel
  • Origin of the Munger Moss Name
  • Remembering her late husband, Bob Lehman
  • Helping businesses along Route 66 get established
  • The early days when Ramona arrived at The Munger Moss
  • Discovering garages that were once part of the motel
  • Ramona’s room recommendation at The Munger Moss
  • Long term residents at The Munger Moss
  • The Munger Moss: To sell or not to sell?
  • Will the children carry on the Munger Moss tradition?
  • The world famous Munger Moss Neon sign
  • Celebrating 50 years at The Munger Moss
  • Most memorable guests to walk through the door
  • Meeting the original owner many years later – Emmitt Moss
  • Maintaining the Munger Moss sign
  • Constant flow of picture takers along Route 66
  • Most popular Munger Moss items for sale in the lobby
  • Bob Lehman’s prized toy collection
  • The biggest challenge in 50 years at The Munger Moss
  • The very first in-ground pool in Lebanon, Missouri arrives at The Munger Moss
  • Ramona’s last vacation
  • Preserving Route 66 for future generations
  • Is Ramona as famous locally as she is with Route 66 travelers?
  • Ramona’s Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren visiting at The Munger Moss
  • Sales pitch for The Munger Moss 2021
  • Next item on Ramona’s Bucket list
  • A Ramona Lehman Revelation: Where hasn’t she been along Route 66? (The answer WILL surprise you!)
  • Long Live Route 66

LINKS

Article: Ramona celebrates 50 years on Route 66 (2021)

Article: Bob and Ramona celebrate 45 years on Route 66 (2016)

Website: Munger Moss Motel

Facebook Page: Munger Moss Motel

Video: Munger Moss featured on KYW News (2019)

Thank you to Route 66 Podcast & Scholarship supporters!
  • MidPoint Cafe, Adrian, TX – Featuring both their Ugly Crust Pie and one of the most popular photo ops along Route 66, located exactly halfway between Chicago and Santa Monica in Adrian, Texas.
  • Gilligan’s Route 66 Tours featuring tours of Route 66 in Ford Mustang convertibles, stays at historic Route 66 motels, and daily breakfast.
  • Jack Rabbit Trading Post, Joseph City, AZ – Probably one of the most iconic curio shops along Route 66, the famous Here It Is billboard and fiberglass jackrabbit in front of the store is reason enough to stop…. and say hello to Cindy and Antonio.
  • Jon B – Rhode Island
  • Mary Beth Busutil – Florida
  • Jim Crabtree – California
  • Mike Fort
  • Route 66 author and photographer – Shellee Graham and also my guest on Episode # 10 where she talks about her book, Tales from the Coral Court Motel.
  • Kristin Haakenson – Washington
  • Rich Havlik – Minnesota
  • Mary Nicholson – Pennsylvania
  • Wendy Raschke – Texas
  • Brian Sawyer – Indiana
  • Evan Stern – New York

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  • Charli Beeton

The Netherlands

  • Jim Rensen

Please consider supporting both The Route 66 Podcast and Scholarship Program through Patreon. Patreon members receive access to an additional 10 minutes of this episode, featuring the following content:

  • Long term residents and restrictions staying at The Munger Moss
  • Joining the Rotary Club and Ramona’s lucky streak
  • Ramona takes up cactus growing
  • Has the average guest heard of The Munger Moss?
  • Norwegian Route 66 Members must travel the route in person to join their Association

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