Casper’s Diner to move out of downtown Quonset hut into another location

The historic Casper's Diner, located for decades in a Quonset hut in downtown Springfield, Missouri, is moving to another location near a prominent alignment of Route 66. The Springfield News-Leader reported the restaurant will move from 601 W. Walnut St. and reopen in the old Anton's Coffee Shop building on 937 S. Glenstone Ave. in … Continue reading Casper’s Diner to move out of downtown Quonset hut into another location

Drury University students build a unique shelter at Revive 66 Campground in Springfield

Students from Drury University earlier this month completed the construction of a distinctive-looking shelter at the Revive 66 campground in Springfield, Missouri. Revive 66 is a nightly stay campground for the homeless at 3839 W. Chestnut Expressway that is open to everyone, including the homeless. According to a news release from the university: The unique … Continue reading Drury University students build a unique shelter at Revive 66 Campground in Springfield

Son of Springfield Inn owner makes a documentary about motel’s sad decline

Shyam Rama, a son of the former owner of the Springfield Inn in Springfield, Missouri, has co-created a short documentary film about his childhood and his former home's sad and startlingly quick decline. A redeveloper of the Route 66 motel earlier this year announced plans to put a Whataburger restaurant and other businesses there. Rama … Continue reading Son of Springfield Inn owner makes a documentary about motel’s sad decline

Early Route 66 advocate was behind the naming of Springfield’s Glenstone Avenue

Early Route 66 advocate John T. Woodruff of Springfield, Missouri, was the man responsible for the naming of the city's Glenstone Avenue, a prominent alignment of that historic highway. That was revealed in a recent Answer Man column by Steve Pokin for the Springfield Daily Citizen, a new media outlet. Pokin also was the Answer … Continue reading Early Route 66 advocate was behind the naming of Springfield’s Glenstone Avenue

Birthplace of Route 66 Festival expanding to three days in its return from COVID-19

The Birthplace of Route 66 Festival in Springfield, Missouri, is expanding from two to three days this summer after returning for the first time since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year's festival -- the 10th -- is slated for Aug. 11-13. According to OzarksFirst.com, organizers hope to draw 70,000 to 75,000 people to … Continue reading Birthplace of Route 66 Festival expanding to three days in its return from COVID-19

Historic Crystal Cave near Springfield reopens this week in the first time in nearly a decade

The more than century-old Crystal Cave north of Springfield, Missouri, will reopen Wednesday for the first time nearly in a decade after landing a new owner who made improvements to the property. The cave, with its 72 acres and an 1892 house, had been for sale since 2016, the Springfield News-Leader reports. Now, the cave … Continue reading Historic Crystal Cave near Springfield reopens this week in the first time in nearly a decade

More than 70 episodes of “Ozark Jubilee” music TV show now are online

More than 70 episodes of the influential "Ozark Jubilee" music television show that aired on ABC-TV from Springfield, Missouri, during the late 1950s and early '60s now can be viewed on YouTube. Getting those nearly 70-year-old episodes online was part of Missouri State University Libraries' years-long Ozark Jubilee Digitization Project that finished in early February, … Continue reading More than 70 episodes of “Ozark Jubilee” music TV show now are online

Second Buc-ee’s store coming near Route 66 corridor, this time in Amarillo

A second Buc-ee's convenience store near the Route 66 corridor soon will be built, this time on the east side of Amarillo, Texas. Barely three weeks ago, the city council of Springfield, Missouri, approved incentives for the construction of a Buc-ee's on the city's northeast side. That one will be open 12 to 15 months … Continue reading Second Buc-ee’s store coming near Route 66 corridor, this time in Amarillo

Kearney Street redevelopment includes tearing down Springfield Inn motel

It looks like the city fathers of Springfield, Missouri, are pretty earnest in redeveloping the moribund Kearney Street corridor: They're tearing down the closed Springfield Inn motel to make way for it. According to KY3 in Springfield, bulldozers soon will raze that property to bring in new construction of retail stores to revitalize the area, … Continue reading Kearney Street redevelopment includes tearing down Springfield Inn motel

First Buc-ee’s travel center along Route 66 planned in Springfield, Missouri

The Route 66 corridor appears to finally be getting a Buc-ee's convenience store, and it's coming to Springfield, Missouri. The Springfield News-Leader reported the huge travel center will be built at Mulroy Road and Interstate 44 on the city's northeast edge. Mulroy Road intersects with old Route 66 on the south side of the interstate. … Continue reading First Buc-ee’s travel center along Route 66 planned in Springfield, Missouri