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State Parks taking advance reservations for eclipse parks

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This is from a Missouri State Park news release:


Advance Registration is closed. Please check with your local park for openings after February 21.


I will be travelling from St Loius to St Clair on the day of the eclipse. Will there be a designated place to watch? I would be grateful for any information.


Joanne Burke

Dear Joanne,
At this time the plans are for viewing stations around Main Street, Orchard or Evergreen Park, the VFW Hall (on I-44 North outer road) and possibly the old airport or the Plaza. Those are nebulous plans at this time, though Main Street, one of the parks and the VFW are pretty certain. The school is currently off limits and they will be on closed campus last I heard. We have an eclipse meeting Thursday night. I may know more then. We will post for sure when we have things firmed up.

We are coming over from the UK for the eclipse, stopping in St Louis. We’re thinking of hiring a car to get to St Clair. What will the parking facilities be like? Where will be the best place to view the eclipse from?

Thank you

Kind regards

Heather Pearson

Dear Heather,
On Monday St. Clair will have viewing stations set up on Main Street, at Orchard or Evergreen Park, the VFW Hall on the north outer road of I-44)
and possibly St Clair Plaza or the old airport. We will have shuttles running on that day from viewing stations to the commercial parts of town with restaurants, and stores. Closer to the date we will be publishing a detailed city map here, with designated parking, viewing stations and shuttle stops.
St. Clair is a small town of 7000 people, and you are never very far away from anything. The entire town is under the eclipse, and each viewing station will have volunteers on site to help with any questions. Email for the event is The viewing at the VFW Hall is the farthest from downtown, and that listed as Main Street is right in the center with a number of restaurants within easy walking distance. We’re glad you chose St. Clair to “Get your Eclipse on Route 66!”

At this time (May 2017) are reservations needed to view the eclipse from viewing stations?

Dear Mr. Cheng,
Reservations are not needed to view from the viewing stations. The eclipse will obviously be visible from wherever you are in St. Clair. The advantage of the viewing station are threemfold: 1) We will have trained people at the stations to help by answering questions about the eclipses, viewing safety and the area. These people will also be to contact medical or crowd control professionals if needed; 2) Vendors and/or the local handy business will provide creature comforts; 3) there will be toilet facilities onsite. The stations also provide handy meet up places in public for families or groups.

So many people traveling to St.Clair for ground zero what happens if the ambassadors become overwhelmed and parking will become Limited. I’m looking forward to a historic event in an historic City on an historic Road. This will be very exciting for me and my grandchildren.

Dear Mr. Miller,

What will happen? We (Solar Ambassadors) will handle it with patience and good humor, and advise our visitors to do the same. This is an event, especially Monday, for which we cannot accurately plan; as you probably know, the last total eclipse in Missouri was 1869, and the last one over St. Clair was 1442. In the next few weeks we will have more information about parking up on the website. If you want to be right where the midline crosses old 66 the VFW viewing station (the old Skylark Motel) is for you– just be aware there will be plenty of other 66ers out there!
Be sure to arrive early and plan a leisurely departure; no one has any idea what traffic will be like on I-44 except that it will be unusually heavy.
Thanks for planning to visit St. Clair!
Jo Schaper

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