Bringing New Life to an Old Street
Did you ever get your kicks on Route 66? Do you remember eating at Redís Giant Hamburg or stopping at a filling station on College Street?
The City of Springfield is designating the soon-to-be redeveloped College Street Corridor (along College and Olive Streets, between Grant Avenue and Kansas Expressway) as a historical area, and we are inviting Springfieldians to be involved.
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!
A roadside park celebrating the area’s Route 66 past by incorporating memories of local Route 66 landmarks is part of the redevelopment plans for the area.
You can be part of Springfield’s Route 66 legacy by helping fund the creative components of the park. The Route 66 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.
Hy-Vee has raised $1,000 toward the first component of the park: the replica of the Red’s Giant Hamburg sign.
Red's, owned and operated by Sheldon "Red" Chaney and his wife Julia, was a roadside café located on West Chestnut Expressway known for opening the world's first drive-through window. The name was supposed to be Red's Giant Hamburger, but Chaney measured the sign incorrectly and dropped the "er." Red's opened in 1947 and closed in 1984. The building was torn down in 1997.
Call 417-864-1031 or visit CrowdIt.com to find out how you can be involved in the Route 66 Roadside Park project.
Historically Significant Area
Springfield’s ties to the College Street Corridor date back to the 1830s, when Springfield forefather John Polk Campbell 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