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Springfield erects new welcome sign, Red’s Giant Hamburg replica

On Friday, right when the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival was kicking off, the city of Springfield, Missouri, showed off its new Route 66-themed welcome sign and a replica of the long-gone Red’s Giant Hamburg restaurant sign at the newly christened Route 66 Roadside Park.

The Springfield News-Leader had some details about the park:

Plans for the Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park include incorporating memories of local Route 66 landmarks, sculptures, a filling station replica, a motor court sign replica and a history plaza. The first phase of the park includes the replica of the Red’s Giant Hamburg sign, a park driveway and parallel parking, landscaping and sidewalk improvements along College Street. […]

The initial streetscape cost $423,000, including $112,000 for utilities, and was paid for using ΒΌ cent capital improvement sales tax funding. The Red’s Giant Hamburg sign was funded with donations of more than $15,000, raised through the local crowdfunding company

The estimated cost for the park altogether is about $1 million, according to Rognstad. However, with additional ideas popping up, that could run higher, city leaders say.

To complete the park and other improvements included in a vision plan, the city must leverage its investment in the project with private donations and other sources of funding. A larger plan to revitalize historic Route 66 through other parts of Springfield could roll out in phases, as the city gauges interest and potential funding.

The KY3 station filed this report about why Springfield is suddenly embracing Route 66 — economic opportunity.

And KY3 posted this bonus — a report from 1984 when Red’s Giant Hamburg closed when the Chaneys retired.


2 thoughts on “Springfield erects new welcome sign, Red’s Giant Hamburg replica

  1. Stinky Edwards

    I was at the Christening Friday evening. There were dozens, and dozens, and dozens of amazing cars. There are many people in Springfield who still care about the Route. I just hope this part of town continues to improve, and isn’t subject to vandalism.

  2. J. Hill

    I was a big fan of Giant Hamburger, but I’m furious the City of Springfield has been allowed to stick a “replica” sign of Giant Hamburg up there in that “make believe” park.
    It’s my understanding that the City harrassed Red from the day the business closed, wanting the building torn down. And that when Red died they continued with His wife till it was accomplished. Otherwise We would possibly still have the landmark on RT 66 instead of an automated Ice dispenser.
    One other point of correction. The “HOME MADE” root beer at Giant Hamburg, for many years, consisted of watered down AAA Root Beer concentrate. I delivered many cases of AAA to Reds in the 50’s and 60’s. Regardless, there was no way You could beat the prices, 25 cents for a burger, 25 cents for a big box of fries and free root beer!!! To say nothing of the entertainment by Red.

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