Sterling’s Hillbilly Store was a landmark for generations of families and travelers on The Mother Road near Hooker, Missouri in Pulaski County USA. The business adapted to the changes of Route 66 and was located in four different venues throughout the years. Today, the famous “Hillbilly” sign still greets drivers as they travel the Main Street of America at the Mule Trading Post in Phelps County. Members of the Wells family continue the family tradition of basket weaving and one of their baskets can be seen on display in an exhibit at the John B. Mahaffey Museum on Fort Leonard Wood.
To learn more about Hooker, Missouri on Route 66 in Pulaski County please view the Old Settlers Gazette 2011 edition which can be found here: http://www.oldstagecoachstop.org/webgeezer/Gazette11/Hooker%20Memories.pdf
To learn more about the life of entrepreneur Sterling Wells please read the Old Settlers Gazette 2008 article which can be found here: http://oldstagecoachstop.org/webgeezer/Gazette08/Sterlingwells.pdf
To obtain turn by turn directions of historic Route 66 visit: http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com/pdf/pulaskidrivingtours.pdf
To learn more about the John B. Mahaffey Museum Complex on Fort Leonard Wood please visit: http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com/Brochures/flwmuseum.pdf