Times Beach was established in the 1920s. It was a thriving community. Because of the number of unpaved roads and to keep the dust out of the air, in the 1970s, the government put oil on the unpaved roads. Unfortunately, the oil they used was contaminated with dioxins and PCB contaminants. Between the contaminated roads and the flooding of the Meramec River, the town was condemned on 5 Dec 1982. The only building remaining is a restaurant that was located on the bluff overlooking the town. Today, that building is the Route 66 State Park Museum.