Food, Merchandise and Services No festival is complete without a selection of good food, interesting things to buy and services to make each visit fun and memorable. Vendors interested in participating in the 2019 festival should email Tom Mast at


Friday, Aug. 9, 2019 10 a.m. Early packet pick-up for Car Show participants | Route 66 Springfield Visitor Center, 815 E. St. Louis St. 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Memories of the Mother Road: Route 66 through Springfield | History Museum on the Square 11 – 11:30 a.m. Pogo Fred … Read More

Birthplace of Route 66 Festival partners announce 2017 event lineup

  Please mark your calendar to celebrate all things Route 66 Aug. 11-12 at the seventh annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival in downtown Springfield. Registration for the 2017 car and motorcycle show will open at March 13. Printed registration forms will be available widely at participating organizations.   … Read More


Leave Your MarkYou 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 already includes a replica of the Red’s Giant Hamburg sign, and future plans include: filling station replica with restrooms, vending machines and visitor … Read More


Birth of the Mother RoadU.S. 66, also known as Route 66, the Mother Road, the Main Street of America, and the Will Rogers Highway, was officially named “U.S. 66,” via telegram at a meeting of highway officials in Springfield, Missouri on April 30, 1926. Calvin Coolidge was President, Prohibition was … Read More


Come to the Old Glass Place, 501 E. St. Louis (east end of the car show), Friday, Aug. 9 and Saturday, Aug. 10 to experience the vibrant, annual gathering of authors, artists, associations & collectors affiliated with Route 66. Offering creative displays of memorabilia, information about their products and services … Read More


The road that once was the main east-west thoroughfare for travelers now offers scenic tour through America’s past. Many traces of the Mother Road are still visible here along Kearney Street, Glenstone Avenue, St. Louis Street, College Street and Chestnut Expressway.If you begin your tour at 2939 E. Kearney Street … Read More

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