About Springfield, Illinois
Facts, Trivia and useful information
Springfield is the capital of the state of Illinois and also the county seat of Sangamon County. In 2010 it had a population of 116,250, making it the sixth most populated city in the state.
The city's most famous past resident is Abraham Lincoln, who lived in Springfield from 1837 until 1861, when he went to the White House as President.
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Map of Springfield, Route 66 through Illinois
Map of Route 66 across Illinois between Springfield and the Mississippi River
Pale Blue: Historic Route 66 alignment; Red line: I-55 and I-270 where they overlaps the old alignment. Black Line, the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge road.
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Route 66 itinerary to Springfield
Route 66 in Illinois
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Springfield, Illinois: Attractions & Sights
The main tourist attractions include a multitude of historic sites connected with Abraham Lincoln including his presidential museum, his home in Springfield, and the historical town of New Salem, with a short drive from the city.
The Maid-Rite Sandwich Shop in Springfield still operates what it claims as the first U.S. drive-thru window
Route 66, Mother Road Festival
Thousands of people from around the world flock to this annual event in 20 square blocks of historic downtown Springfield, featuring hundreds of classic cars, live entertainment and much more.