Rockwood Motor Court in Springfield sees 895% increase in business from a year ago

In a sign of rapidly improving business on Route 66 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rockwood Motor Court in Springfield, Missouri, is reporting a spectacular rise in overnight bookings from a year ago. How spectacular? How about an 895% increase? Phyllis Ferguson reopened the historic motel at 2200 W. College St. (aka … Continue reading Rockwood Motor Court in Springfield sees 895% increase in business from a year ago

London Calling closes double-decker bus at Route 66 Food Truck Park in Springfield

The London Calling restaurant has closed its British double-decker bus at Route 66 Food Truck Park in Springfield, Missouri, so its owners can concentrate their energies on other ventures elsewhere in the city. London Calling, which started at another location along Route 66 in Springfield about seven years ago, purchased a 1962 Bristol double-decker bus … Continue reading London Calling closes double-decker bus at Route 66 Food Truck Park in Springfield

Longtime Missouri Route 66 advocate Glenda Pike dies

Glenda Pike, a longtime champion of Route 66 in Missouri along with her husband Tommy, died Friday, reported the Route 66 Association of Missouri in a Facebook post. She was 77. Tommy Pike was the president of the Missouri association for many years, and Glenda often was by his side at many Route 66 events … Continue reading Longtime Missouri Route 66 advocate Glenda Pike dies

Owner of Steak ‘n Shake restaurants in Springfield, Missouri, sells them to a franchisee

Gary Leonard sold to another franchisee his six Steak 'n Shake restaurants in the Springfield, Missouri, region, including the historic one on Route 66. The Springfield News-Leader reports Leonard is retiring after 48 years in the business. The new owners are Mike and Lisa Stennett, who hold franchises in Missouri and Arkansas. The story contains … Continue reading Owner of Steak ‘n Shake restaurants in Springfield, Missouri, sells them to a franchisee

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