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Rest Haven Court

2000 East Kearney Street, Springfield, MO 65803
Phone: 417-869-9114

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Hillary & Mary Brightwell opened the Rest Haven Motor Court in 1947 with four rock cottages that each had two guest rooms. They added ten more rooms In 1952 and again in 1955. In the early '60s the original four cottages were connected creating 3 more rooms.

A Phillips 66 service station that stood out front when the Brightwell's bought the property and also served as the motel office was dismantled in 1955 and reassembled out back and used for storage.

The huge sign out front with its neon and incandescent lighting was added in 1953. Then n the 1960s a swimming pool was added in the courtyard between the rooms. The Brightwell's sold the motel and retired in 1979.
The motel sits on the 1936 Bypass alignment of Route 66.

Photos: Spring 2012



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