PHOTOS: Springfield To Honor Route 66

Chase Snider

Photos from a replica version of Route 66 set-up in Springfield. Photo: Image by Chase Snider / KTTS News

PHOTOS: Springfield To Honor Route 66

CREATED May. 12, 2013

The City of Springfield is putting together plans to honor the birthplace of historic Route 66. It'll include a roadside park on College.

The City-owned West Meadows area (onCollege just east of Fort) will include a Route 66 roadside park, including a plaza, sculptures, a picnic area, a gateway and more.

One feature at the park would be a 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 recognized for opening the world’s first drive-through window. The café’s 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.

Hy-Vee is raising money to help the city in their effort. Through Sunday night they have set up a "mock Route 66" all across the store.