History Museum on the Square named Best New Attraction by USA Today

The History Museum on the Square in Springfield, Missouri, won the award for Best New Attraction in USA Today's annual 10Best listings. The nationwide newspaper wrote this about the downtown museum: The history of Route 66 comes alive at the new Springfield History Museum on the Square, where six galleries tell the stories of Springfield’s … Continue reading History Museum on the Square named Best New Attraction by USA Today

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Route 66 Food Truck Park in Springfield likely will open next month

The Route 66 Food Truck Park in Springfield, Missouri, under construction will open by Feb. 1, reports the development's owner. Kirk Wheeler said the park that will have a full-service bar and gift shop will feature up to 10 food trucks when it opens at 1530 E. St. Louis St. (aka Route 66). OzarksFirst.com reports: … Continue reading Route 66 Food Truck Park in Springfield likely will open next month

Rockwood Motor Court in Springfield reopens to overnight travelers

The historic Rockwood Motor Court has reopened to overnight travelers along old Route 66 in Springfield, Missouri. Ozarks Alive has the story: The project is the work of Phyllis Ferguson, a longtime Springfield resident whose mission is revitalization — and not only in form of the motor court, which in part dates to 1929, just … Continue reading Rockwood Motor Court in Springfield reopens to overnight travelers

Rockwood Motor Court hosting open house Saturday

The new owner of the Rockwood Motor Court in Springfield, Missouri, is hosting an open house Saturday during the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival in town. The open house will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Route 66 motel at 2200 W. College St. The invitation on Facebook stated: Stop by Saturday, … Continue reading Rockwood Motor Court hosting open house Saturday

More screenings scheduled for “The Center of Nowhere” documentary

Dave Hoekstra has scheduled more screenings of his "The Center of Nowhere" documentary about the rich musical history of Springfield, Missouri, as he seeks to find digital distribution for his film. Hoekstra, a former Chicago Sun-Times columnist and longtime Route 66 enthusiast, has been working on the film for seven years. According to a feature … Continue reading More screenings scheduled for “The Center of Nowhere” documentary

New version of Red’s Giant Hamburg opens Monday

A new version of Red's Giant Hamburg opens Monday in Springfield, Missouri, decades after the original on Route 66 closed. The new Red's Giant Hamburg in south Springfield, Missouri. KY3-TV in Springfield posted a story over the weekend: The owner says he's been planning this restaurant for 25 years. Finding the right location and items … Continue reading New version of Red’s Giant Hamburg opens Monday

Radio station gets preview of History Museum on the Square renovations

A local radio station recently received a sneak preview of renovations at the History Museum on the Square in downtown Springfield, Missouri, that will give visitors a more interactive and immersive experience later this summer, including of Route 66. KSMU radio reported on the elaborate $12 million project that was paid for with grants, donations … Continue reading Radio station gets preview of History Museum on the Square renovations

Will the Wishing Well Motor Inn’s sign be saved?

The closed Wishing Well Motor Inn in Springfield, Missouri, is slated to be demolished because it's no longer habitable and has become a nuisance. But the president of the Route 66 Association of Missouri hopes the motel's sign can be salvaged and restored. The motel at 3550 W. Chestnut Expressway (aka Route 66) was owned … Continue reading Will the Wishing Well Motor Inn’s sign be saved?

Outlook appears grim for Steak ‘n Shake restaurant chain

If you enjoy Steak 'n Shake or never have been to the restaurant chain founded 85 years ago along Route 66, you may ought to visit one soon. It may not be around in the next few years. Indiana-based Steak 'n Shake, founded in 1934 by Gus Belt along U.S. 66 in Normal, Illinois, contains … Continue reading Outlook appears grim for Steak ‘n Shake restaurant chain

Volunteers clear brush from endangered Lurvey Court in Springfield

Volunteers over the Mother's Day weekend cleared a lot of brush from around the endangered and long-closed Lurvey Court motel in Springfield, Missouri, thus improving its chances the city won't tear it down for being a nuisance. Route 66 advocate Judy Walker posted before-and-after photos on Facebook of the Route 66 property off Kearney Street. … Continue reading Volunteers clear brush from endangered Lurvey Court in Springfield