The Birthplace of Route 66 - Springfield

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A Bit of History...

Springfield, Missouri, emerged as the birthplace of Route 66 in the 1920s when the government decided to mandate the construction of an interstate highway.

What to Visit in Springfield?

Park Central Square

Park Central Square is in the heart of downtown Springfield and is home to some of the best attractions Missouri’s third-largest city offers.

History Museum on the Square

Learn about Springfield’s Native American history, Wild Bill Hickok’s Wild West shootouts, and Missouri’s part in the Civil War

Route 66 Visitor Center

For those looking for a bit of nostalgia, check out the replica 1950s restaurant, gas station, and phone booth.

Gillioz Theater

The Gillioz opened in 1926, and vintage theater enthusiasts will love this Springfield gem’s elegant Spanish Colonial architecture.

The birthplace of Route 66 is Roadside Park on College Street.

Place of Birth: Route 66 Roadside Park

Pythian Castle

Pythian Castle was built in 1913 by the Knights of Pythia, a fraternal organization and secret society founded in 1864.

A Must-Visit in Springfield!

White Line

Fantastic Caverns

See the giant columns from floor to ceiling, the dainty sparkling soda straws, and the tiny cave pearls hidden around the cavern.


White Line

Route 66 Automobile Museum

An essential place to visit on your trip to Springfield for lovers of cars, history, and movies.

Worth visiting!

Gay Parita Station

Just 25 miles (40 kilometers) away from Springfield, it’s one of the most photographed gas stations on Route 66.

Springfield Botanical Gardens

The 112-acre Springfield Botanical Gardens includes a number of beautiful and exciting garden collections.

What to Visit in Springfield, Missouri?

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