Revive 66 Campground is getting 10 more teardrop trailers

The Revive 66 Campground in Springfield, Missouri, recently received $60,000 from the city so it can acquire 10 more teardrop trailers to help house the homeless. The funding was part of $95,000 in city emergency funds for overnight cold-weather sheltering. The 10 additional trailers at the campground will be supplied for a 10-year period. According … Continue reading Revive 66 Campground is getting 10 more teardrop trailers

The remarkable story of Alberta’s Hotel in Springfield, Missouri

KOLR-TV in Springfield, Missouri, recently produced a segment about the amazing history of Alberta's Hotel, an establishment in that Route 66 city that catered to African Americans during the Jim Crow era. Alberta's Hotel was listed in the annual Negro Motorist Green Book travel guide. Both perished during the mid-1960s, about the time the United … Continue reading The remarkable story of Alberta’s Hotel in Springfield, Missouri

Film noir tax parody shot along Route 66 in Springfield, Missouri

Your local accounting office probably never did anything this elaborate. BKD CPAs & Advisors, an accounting and advisory firm with offices in 18 states, produced a 30-minute film noir tribute titled "The Missing Deductions," which features a lot of information about new U.S. federal tax laws in the guise of a private-eye story. It was … Continue reading Film noir tax parody shot along Route 66 in Springfield, Missouri

Nonprofit turning parking lot into a teardrop trailer campground called Revive 66

The Gathering Tree, a nonprofit organization that runs the Eden Village tiny home communities for the homeless in Springfield, Missouri, has opened a Revive 66 Campground in that city stocked with tiny teardrop trailers available for rent. Nate Schlueter of the Gathering Tree said the organization bought the property in the spring and accelerated its plans to … Continue reading Nonprofit turning parking lot into a teardrop trailer campground called Revive 66

Catholic Charities opens Rancho Motel in Springfield as homeless shelter

The former Rancho Motel in Springfield, Missouri, recently was reborn by Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri as a temporary homeless shelter for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The motel at 1720 E. Kearney St. (aka Route 66) is housing eight adults and 14 children, with more arriving soon. They will be allowed to stay … Continue reading Catholic Charities opens Rancho Motel in Springfield as homeless shelter

Dirt 66 cycling, pedestrian trail to be built north of Springfield, Missouri

Construction on a 6.65-mile Dirt 66 bicycle, trail running and walking trail will begin Monday at Fellows Lake just north of Springfield, Missouri. It's the first phase in a 33-mile, $1.8 million trail expansion in the area, reported the Springfield News-Leader. The "Dirt 66" mountain bike/walking trail project is being funded by Springfield-based TrailSpring, Inc., … Continue reading Dirt 66 cycling, pedestrian trail to be built north of Springfield, Missouri

FBI investigates deaths of South African men found dead during Route 66 trip

The FBI is investigating the deaths of two former South African mining executives found lifeless in a hotel in Springfield, Missouri, during a Route 66 trip in 2015. Initial reports indicated Gerrit Strydom, 45, and James Bethel, 44, died of cerebral malaria before their bodies were found in separate rooms at La Quinta Inn, according … Continue reading FBI investigates deaths of South African men found dead during Route 66 trip

2014 Ozark Mountain Daredevils show to stream on Birthplace of Route 66 site

A now-legendary concert by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils during the 2014 Birthplace of Route 66 Festival in Springfield, Missouri, will be rebroadcast Sept. 4 on the festival's website. That sold-out show, which the band gave the city permission to livestream that night from inside the historic Gillioz Theatre to a screen at Park Central Square, … Continue reading 2014 Ozark Mountain Daredevils show to stream on Birthplace of Route 66 site

The inventor of Springfield cashew chicken dish dies at age 99

David Leong, who put Springfield, Missouri, on the culinary map by inventing Springfield-style cashew chicken that many other Chinese restaurants adopted, has died. He was less than a month short of his 100th birthday. Leong lived quite a life. He fled China in 1938 when Japan attacked his hometown. He immigrated to New Orleans, joined … Continue reading The inventor of Springfield cashew chicken dish dies at age 99

Lurvey Courts cabins in Springfield being torn down

The long-closed Lurvey Courts cabins that stood along Route 66 in Springfield, Missouri, finally were being torn down Monday by the city after appeals to the owner to preserve them bore no fruit. Here is some video from the Ozarks First television station in Springfield: The station said the cabins at 2939 E. Kearney St. … Continue reading Lurvey Courts cabins in Springfield being torn down