Bringing New Life to a Historic Area
City exceeds first Route 66 fund-raising goal
Thanks to generous donations from Councilman Craig & Donna Fishel and all of our donors (6.9 mb) for helping bring back the iconic Red’s Giant Hamburg sign. Our goal was $15,000, and we raised $15,126. Also, special thanks to CrowdIt for their great support of our crowdfunding effort. The replica sign will be unveiled at the Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park on Aug. 9, during the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival. Hope to see you there.
Birthplace of Route 66
Springfield is officially recognized as the birthplace of what became known as the iconic "Mother Road." It was on April 30, 1926 at Park Central Square where officials first proposed U.S. 66 as the name of the new Chicago-to-Los Angeles highway.
Route 66 meandered across the city from Kearney to Glenstone to St. Louis Street, through Park Central Square to Olive and College streets, then headed west along what is now Chestnut Expressway.
Join the Cause!
You can be part of Springfield’s Route 66 legacy by helping fund the creative components of the Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park. The park will include a replica of the Red’s Giant Hamburg sign; a filling station replica with restrooms, vending machines and visitor information; a relocated motor court cottage and sign replica; a Route 66 sculpture; and a Lily-Tulip/Solo Cup sculpture.
Call 417-864-1031 to find out how you can be involved in the Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park project.
Historically Significant Area
Springfield’s ties to the College Street Corridor date back to the 1830s, when Springfield forefather William Fulbright settled with his family near a large spring located in what is now referred to as the West Meadows area of Jordan Valley Park. The spring served as a water source for nearby homesteads, and local congregations often used it for baptisms.
During the Civil War, Union troops built a fort on the south side of College Street with a covered walkway to Fulbright Spring. Long thought obliterated by rail yard construction around the turn of the 19th century, Fulbright Spring resurfaced in October 2012 during remediation of the old rail yard. City planners are interested in incorporating the spring into the design of a water feature for the redeveloped area.
- Background & Analysis
- Jan.18, 2012 Meeting Presentation
- Jan.18, 2012 Public Comment Summary
- Feb. 2, 2012 Public Comment Summary
- Feb.15, 2012 Meeting Presentation
- Feb. 15, 2012 Public Comment Summary
- Feb. 29, 2012 Meeting Presentation
- Feb. 29, 2012 Public Comment Summary
- March 14, 2012 Meeting Presentation
- March 14, 2012 Public Comment Summary
- March 28, 2012 Meeting Presentation
- April 11, 2012 Meeting Presentation
- Vision Process Document
- Plan Concept Document