Monday, July 4, 2011
A mock 1950s town and a classic car showroom await you in West Line, Mo. Good Time Classics and Memory Lane are pleasant surprises
But when it comes to automotive attractions, sometimes, it's these little places that will surprise you. Such was the case recently when my dad told me there was something I needed to see in the sleepy little town just outside of Louisburg.
Both are owned by Romaine Dennis, who is the mayor of West Line. Dennis passed a successful plumbing business along to his kids, and now spends most of his time surrounded by interesting old cars in his showroom, or putzing around his little town. Which makes sense; there probably aren't that many pressing political matters to attend to in West Line.
The buildings are full of period collectibles and furniture, so inside they look just like the buildings they're supposed to represent. For example, the five-and-dime store is stocked with old cameras, cigars, typewriters, and marbles. The Gulf Oil station is full of tire ash trays, parts displays, and motor oil. The barber shop has an old time barber's chair, adding machine, and even a rotary phone. Every building has hundreds of neat little details.
Then of course, there's the auto showroom. Some of the cars are just being stored for people, like a nice, original looking '51 Oldsmobile.
I haven't really been able to find a website for any of this, so if you want to see it, I guess just get in your car and head south to West Line. Or you could give Good Time Classics a call at (816) 899-2491. No guarantee that anyone will answer--it looks like there's a pretty casual business policy there.
Now, I didn't know I was going to West Line until my dad came by my office on Friday, so unfortunately, I didn't bring my camera. I did have my cell phone, which does sort of capture images. Actually, this is the first time I've ever even tried to take pictures with it. They aren't great pictures, but I mean, they were taken with a phone. I'm a pretty old-fashioned kind of guy, so it seems pretty amazing to me that I got anything at all. You sure couldn't take pictures with the rotary phone in the Memory Lane Bank.