History Museum on the Square in downtown Springfield, Missouri, on Monday opened its latest exhibit, “Memories of the Mother Road: Birthplace of Route 66.”
The show will run through the end of the year.
Katy Rawlins, office manager for the museum, explained the show in an email:
The exhibit focuses on the route through Springfield and Greene County. We have photos and artifacts from businesses located along the route, including; service station pumps and uniforms, restaurant menus, A&W menu board, and much more. We also have photos and text explaining why Springfield is called the “Birthplace of Route 66.”
And the museum’s website states neon signs and music also will be featured in the show.
The historic Rock Fountain Court and Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven, Steak ‘n’ Shake, Andy’s Frozen Custard and European Cafe are among the show’s sponsors. Longtime Route 66ers will know most of those names.
Here are images from the opening day:
The last Route 66 show at the museum a few years ago was very successful, so it’s understandable why it would want to do another one.
(Hat tip to Thomas Peters; images from Museum on the Square and Katy Rawlins)