Friday, November 7, 2014

Missouri's Route 66-- Part 4

SPRINGFIELD--  Claims to be the birthplace of Route 66.  Where it was first proposed on April 30. 1926.  Recommends a breakfast of stuffed oatmeal or eggs at Gailey's Cafe, a 1930s diner at 220 E. Walnut Street.  On St. Louis Street, there is a Steak 'N Shake in its 1962 design and sign.  Also, the Best Western Rail Haven Motel.  Refurbished to reflect its glory days from the 50s.

CARTHAGE--  The Jasper County Court House is built of Carthage stone from 1894-1895.  At the time the city had more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in the United States because of lead and zinc deposits in the area.  They wanted a courthouse to reflect their wealth.

It has three and 20 Victorian mansions.  The mine owners lived in Carthage.  The miners lived in Webb City.

--RoadDog

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