Popular Route 66 pit stop will close

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FANNING, Mo. (KY3) - A popular stop for tourists along Route 66 is closing. Fanning 66 Outpost first opened in 2008. and has helped make memories for thousands of visitors on the old highway between St. James and Cuba.

From behind the counter, clerk Jackie Sansone gets a first hand lesson in culture and foreign language.

"I try to get a least one word or two from each country," said Sansone. "I can almost pick out the difference in their language."

The hundreds of relics and souvenirs show a timeline of the history of the Mother Road.

"We have Route 66 Souvenirs, all kinds of signs, antiques," said owner Dan Sanazaro.

The big draw is a 40-foot rocking chair that still holds the Guinness World Record.

"All these foreign people started coming in and looking at stuff and I said, 'Well, let's build the rocker,' and our first year of business we designed and built the rocker," said Sanazaro.

"It's incredible. You are driving these roads; eventually you found this," said Pablo Pasuelo who traveled from Spain to America on his honeymoon. "I think this is one of the secrets of the route."

Fanning 66 Outpost will officially close its doors for good on Thursday. The Rocker will stay put for visitors to take picture and the store is auctioning off its Route 66 Souvenirs. For more information on when the auction will be held visit the Fanning 66 Outpost Facebook Page by clicking the link on the right of the screen.