Known famously as the "Birthplace of Route 66", Springfield is the second largest city on your Historic Route 66 Missouri journey, and features a wealth of must-see attractions as well.
Coming from St. Robert on Route 66 – which is at this point known as Missouri Highway 744 – you'll enter Springfield through a light industrial area and arrive on Kearney Street. The official route heads south on Glenstone Avenue and then west again on St. Louis Street, right where you run into the Best Western Rail Haven – Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven is an update of the original Rail Haven Motel, which has stood on the corner of Route 66 and Glenstone Avenue since 1938.
Approaching downtown Springfield via Route 66, you pass the Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque and then the Gillioz Theatre. Built in 1926, the Gillioz has a seating capacity of 1,130 and still plays movies and plays with local talent. The Mosque is a building of handsome arabesque design along Route 66 in downtown Springfield and is owned by the Shriners.
The downtown square in Springfield, which Route 66 frames, holds a number of restaurants, offices, and bars. Not to mention, it was also the site of the Davis Tutt-Wild Bill Hickok shootout in 1865.
Best Western PLUS Coach House Inn
2535 N. Glenstone Ave.
Springfield, MO 65803-4737
Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven
203 S. Glenstone Ave. (Route 66)
Springfield, MO 65802-3102
Best Western PLUS Springfield Airport Inn
4445 W Chestnut Expy.
Springfield, MO 65802-5824