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Kentwood Arms Hotel

700 St. Louis St., Springfield, MO

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The Kentwood Arms Hotel was built in 1926 by John T. Woodruff and was the site of many National Highway 66 Association meetings. Woodruff was the first president of the National Highway No. 66 Association. You were traveling in style if you stayed here in the early days of Route 66.

In the late 1960s the building was converted to apartments. In 1983 Southwest Missouri State University acquired the property and converted it to student housing.

Two more hotels were supposed to built on this property, one on the east and west side to form a large U-shaped courtyard. Obviously that never happened, leaving an expansive front lawn.

Photo(s): 2016



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