1942: Coral Court opens for business.
Post World War II construction of 23 more bungalows.
Greenlease kidnapper arrested at Coral Court.
Coral Court & other roadside motels were part of a grand
jury inquiry looking into possible illegal activities. Nothing came of
the investigation however.
Watson Road/Route 66 is completely bypassed by Interstate 44.
April 12 - Original owner John H. Carr dies.
May - Widow Jessie Carr and new husband Robert Williams are
approached with an offer to buy the motel.
Coral Court Preservation Society formed. Over 1,000 t-shirts are sold
in 3 weeks with a portion of the proceeds going to the Preservation
1989: Coral Court is accepted to the National Register of Historic
Because of structural deficiencies, the motel was declared unsafe and
was forced to close. Rather than spend $1 million in repair,
the motel is listed for sale for $1.5 million.
1994: Coral Court fundraiser event raises $5,000 to save the motel.
Despite no-trespassing signs, the motel is vandalized frequently by souvenir
1994: May 18 - Coral Court owner Robert Williams passes away. His
widow Jessie Carr Williams is seventy-seven years old and in failing health.
1995: February - A commercial developer, Conrad Properties, purchases
Coral Court with no interest in keeping the existing buildings.
1995: May - Museum of Transportation staff and volunteers work
about 3 weeks to dismantle one complete Coral Court bungalow.
1995: June 11 - Spirtas Wrecking Company completes demolition of
the motel property. It took about 6 weeks or 45 working days.
1995: Late June - Construction of a 45-lot subdivision, Oak Knoll
Coral Court owner, Jessie Carr Williams, passes awayjust 17 months
after the sale of her property.
1998: June - The majority of single-family homes is completed.
The only remnant left of the motel are the two distinctive stone entrance
1999: March - The last home is sold at Oak Knoll Manor. The subdivision
consists of just two streets: Oak Knoll Manor Drive and Oak Knoll Manor
May - A Coral Court Motel display opens with a partially
rebuilt bungalow (curved glass block wall and a portion of the garage)
at the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis. This temporary exhibit
scheduled to last 5-8 years, or until enough funds are collected for
the permanent display to be built outdoors.
May - A
book is published about the motel "Tales from the Coral Court: Photos
and Stories from a Lost Route 66 Landmark," by Shellee Graham, Virginia
Publishing, St. Louis, Missouri.
March - The play "Kid Peculiar at the Coral
Court Motel" has its world premier at Washington University, St. Louis,
created by Carter W. Lewis, an award-winning playwright.
May - "Built for Speed: The Coral Court Motel," a video documentary
is completed by Bill Boll and Shellee Graham.