Jasper, MO a small town of less than 1,000 people sits quietly beside Interstate Highway 49, as it sat beside superhighway 71, and the pioneering Jefferson Highway. As stated by Marvin L. VanGilder, "There is something special, something indefinably unique about Jasper." He also said that Jasper could: date its beginnings from 1868, when the first town plat for the village of Midway was prepared; point to 1876 as is time of origin, because that was the year when the Jasper City post office was established; or select 1881 as the point of beginning, since that was the year when the basic town plan around which modern Jasper grew was approved and when the representatives of the Missouri-Pacific Railroad began to develop and subdivide Jasper real estate. The railroad remained the answer to the economy until World War I, when the spectacular Jefferson Highway, which provided the first motorized link between Kansas City and Little Rock, was constructed down Jasper's Main Street. The road was narrow; it had rough graveled surface pitted with chuckholes and often washed out around bridges and culverts and in low places, where no provisions for drainage was made; bridges were narrow and curves were flat and shoulders were non-existent; and in many places traffic necessarily was one-way only. The Jefferson Highway was considered a major miracle. The road brought early auto travelers to Jasper business places and the economy thrived. When Highway 71 also known as the slab arrived in 1925. Jasper quickly became a major truck stop. Jasper recognized the need for facilities to serve travelers and met that need earlier than other towns along the route.... Jasper is unique in that Main Street, the Old Jefferson Highway, can still be traveled. One mile north of the intersection of Main Street and Grand Avenue the recently asphalted road takes one over Coon Creek Bridge. To the south of the intersection and continuing into Carthage on the outer road is also a good road. In today's world, Jasper is just another small town with a few "mom and pop" type businesses trying to survive. The school located on Mercer and North Main streets (Old Jefferson Highway) is the mainstream of our small town. - Marie McCorkle - 2016
ROADHOUSE HISTORY Although the film is set in the town of Jasper, Missouri , the exterior of the films infamous bar The Double Deuce was built strictly for the filming on location in California and then was torn down. Some of the interior were shot however in a real bar in Anaheim that has since closed. The City of Jasper Chamber of Commerce member's were invited to the premiere in St Lois, Missouri. The movie is about Dalton a Cooler in bars; He backs up and directs the bouncers. He takes a job in a road house, the Double Deuce that has gotten far to rough. His attempts to clean things up put him in conflict with Brad Wesley, the town bully and rich person.
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