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.