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Springfield, MO

Springfield is known as the "Birthplace of Route 66: and the "Queen City of the Ozarks. There were multiple alignments of 66 here over the years.
Bell Motor Court
4048 E Kearney St.
The Truck Store operates out of what was the office for the Bell Motor Court / Motel / Otto's Motel Courts. The cottages are ... read more
Lurvey's Tourist Camp Ruins
2939 E. Kearney
These cabins were built in 1928 as Lurvey's Tourist Camp. In the 1950s the wood-frame structures were ... read more
Holiday Drive-In Theater Sign
2829 E. Kearney
This sign is on the west side of the double drive that led to the theater. The sign is kind of hard to spot ... read more
xRest Haven Court
2000 East Kearney Street
The Rest Haven Motor Court was opened in 1947 with just four rock cottages containing two ... read more 
Original Two Lane & "66" Sign
Kearney and Glenstone
A bit of original 2 lane roadway and a commemorative sign on 66 at Kearney at Glenstone ... read more
Flagship Motel
2209 N Glenstone
Originally the site of the White City Tourist Park. The Americana Motel was built in 1959 and it became the Flagship Motel ... read more
xGlenstone Cottage Court
2023 N. Glenstone Ave.
The Glenstone Cottage Court opened in 1947 with 17 units, some with kitchenettes. It is pretty much the same ... read more
xBest Western Rail Haven Motel
203 S Glenstone Avenue
The former Rail Haven Motor Court opened 1938 with eight stone cottages and a split rail fence around the ... read more
xSteak 'n' Shake
1158 East St. Louis Street
This Steak n Shake opened in 1962 and still has that old-school, diner atmosphere. Steak N Shake was founded in ... read more
Route 66 Springfield Visitor Center
815 E. St. Louis, Springfield, MO
Open M-F 8-5 offering has lots of information regarding Springfield and Route 66 ... read more
Kentwood Arms Hotel
700 St. Louis.
You were traveling in style if you stayed here in the early days of the Mother Road. Kentwood Hall is now owned by ... read more
xAbou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque
601 E St. Louis St.
The Abou Ben Adhen Shrine Mosque was built by the Shriner's in 1923. It is five stories high and ... read more
Discovery Center
438 E PST Louis St.
Look for a Trail of Tears sign here. The Discovery Center occupies two of the three 1920s auto dealer buildings on this ... read more
xGillioz Theatre, Springfield, MO
325 Park Central E
The 1,100 seat Gillioz Theater opened in 1926 and closed in 1980. After that it sat empty until 2006 when it ... read more
History Museum & Fox Theater
155 Park Central Square
The Springfield History Museum opened in 1976 in the old City Hall. Later they moved to the Barth's, Sherwood and ... read more
"Saturday Evening 6 PM Mural,
Park Central W & Campbell Ave.
This mural depicting the Har-Bell Athletic Goods Building was done by national artist, David Guinn, as part of ... read more
Old Calaboose Jail
409 W. McDaniel
The jail was built in 1891 and is the oldest existing structure owned by the City of Springfield. A new jail was ... read more
Bud's Tire & Wheel
701 W. College St.
After Bud Perry began his business in 1958 he added some murals on his building. Next door is a former Conoco station ... read more
Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park
1200 W. College St.
In 2014 the first phase of the Roadside Park was dedicated. Which included a replica of the Red's Giant Hamburg ... read more
College Street Cafe
1622 College St.
This small old style diner makes for some cool photo ops and a chance for some equally old style friendly service... read more
Springfield's Route 66 Car Museum
1624 W. College St.
Guy Mace opened his car museum in June 2016 with his private collection classic cars. It opened on the eve of the ... read more
Mack's Court
2333 W. College St.
These cabins started as Mack's Cabins in 1939 and later became Greer's Court and even later became ... read more
Melinda Court
2400 College Street.
The former 1940s Rock Fountain Tourist Court had a stone fountain in the middle of the complex. In 1961 a new owner ... read more
Mullen Barber Shop
2417 W. College St.
This tiny little barber shop was operated by the Mullen family for decades. New owners have ... read more
Original Brown Derby
2906 Chestnut Expy.
In 1937 John A Morris started the Brown Derby liquor stores in this 1930s gas station building. ... read more


Sidetrip:
Bypass 66: At W. Chestnut Expessway and N. West Bypass turn north.

Helfrecht Motor Court,
604 NW Bypass
The Helfrecht family opened a Conoco station and cafe here in the 1930s. They also had four cabins ... read more
Danny's Service Station
3505 Division St.
This station was built in 1954 and the sign looks like it dates back to the same time... read more
xRex Smith Oil Co.
2321 N. West Bypass
The Rex Smith Oil Company Station opened in 1932 as a Flying A Station and Cafe with cabins in the rear ... read more


Back on 66:
1926 alignment: Turn around and head back to W. Chestnut Expressway Street, then turn west.

Wishing Well Motor Inn
3550 W. Chestnut
The Wishing Well Motor Inn opened in 1947 with 17 units, garages and a wishing well. The units have been connected ... read more
Alli's Family Restaurant
4525 W Chestnut Expressway,
Formerly Seven Gables Restaurant and Truck Stop. This building has been around for over 80 years, first as a gas station then ... read more
Rainey Tow Service
7973 State Hwy. 266
After WWII Bert & Ina Rainey purchased this gas station and a wrecker. They added the second floor for their ... read more
Barnes General Store
8240 Hwy. 266
The 1934 Barnes & Son General Merchandise sold feed and later added a Sinclair gas station and garage ... read more
O'Dell Station, Cafe, Camp
8673 Hwy. 266
These building are located on the north side of Hwy. 266 & FR 85 ... read more
Gas pumps/sign in field
W. Hwy. 266
These pumps are located on the south side on a curve just before Hwy. T. At one time this was a Texaco ... read more
Graystone Heights Modern Cabins
9323 Hwy. 266
R & S Floral now occupies the spot where Ben Brewer built six cabins in 1935. By 1939 there were eight ... read more
Yeakly Chapel
10520 W. State Hwy. 266
On the southwest corner at Farm Road 65, look for the Yeakly Cemetery sign up by the road. This chapel was ... read more

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x About Us We started traveling Historic U.S. Route 66 as a destination in 2009. It's like a 2,400 mile long drive back in time from Chicago to Santa Monica! more
xDid You Know: Many parts of the old 4 lane Route 66 were reverted to a 2 lane road after 66 was realigned to the interstate. In many places the abandoned lanes are still there.