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In Springfield - Page #1 we described the Route 66 landmarks and must-see spots along Bypass 66 through Springfield and west into Western Springfield. This page will follow Bypass Route 66 and head into the western side of the city.

Springfield is the "Birthplace of Route 66" and has plenty of U.S. 66 attractions, landmarks and historic places. We list them below: classic motels, service stations, diners and other must-see sights.

Below is an index to ALL of Springfield'ss attractions by type and listed from East to West. Enjoy your visit!

Springfield Missouri, and its Classic Route 66 motels, signs and Landmarks

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Sights and Attractions in Springfield (Part 2)

What to Do, Places to See

Historic context, the classic Bypass 66 in Springfield

Rittenhouse in his 1946 "guidebook to U.S. Highway 66" described the Bypass 66, built in 1936 as a quick alternative for those who were heading "Straight through in a hurry" because it "avoid[ed] city traffic".

It remained as a part of US 66 until 1956, when the highway was aligned together with I-44 further north.

Rittenhouse also mentions a "a small community" just on the western part of Springfield, we describe it further down.

Tour Route 66 landmarks in Springfield (Page 2)

Along Bypass 66

We will tour the city from east to west, starting at N. Glenstone Av and Kearney (where City 66 turns to the left). Head straight, westwards.

The Rancho Motel

1720 E Kearney St. to your left. The Rancho Motel dates back to 1955. Previously it was an Allied Service Travel Court. The office has changed, but the units to the west are unchanged. The sign has of course been "modernized" losing its 50's charm.

former motel building

The Rancho Motel nowadays. Click for street view

vintage postcard of The Rancho Motel Springfield MO

Vintage postcard of The Rancho Motel Springfield MO. Credits

Rancho Court (formerly Trail's End Motel)

To your left, at 1534 E Kearney St. It was built in 1949 as the "Trail's End Motel", later it became the Rancho Court Motel. It had twelve cottage-style units with kitchenettes with a semi-circular layout. The stone and brick cabins were set out on the eastern and the on the west side of N. Delaware Ave. The office was to the east, a two-story building, and the gas station (now gone) was on the western property. Below you can see the office (left), gas station (right) and the cabins behind them, the street lies between them.

stone cottages and office seen from US 66 panoramic postcard
Trail's End Motel postcard, Route 66 Springfield, MO. Credits

Below is the old motel as it is today, "Rancho Court" apartments, showing the office, and cabins to the left and right of the image, plus the old faded neon sign.

stone cottage style building, Route 66 and neon sign
The Rancho Court now Route 66 Springfield, MO. Click for street view

D-X Filling Station

This is a 1940s oblong box style gas staton. It is set on the SW corner of Broadway at 1001 W Kearney St. The building is in good shape. It never had a canopy, it has kept its two original service bays, and a third one has been added. You can make out the outline of the pumps island on the concrete driveway.

black and white 1940s photo gas station, cars and attendant
D-X on Bypass 66 in Sprinfield, c. 1940. Credits
a former filling station, painted white and blue, on a corner
The old D-X station nowadays, Bypass 66 Springfield, MO. Click for street view

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Rex Smith Gas Station & Cabins

stone walls, gable roof two unit cabin

One of the cabins at Rex Station. Click for street view

Drive west, all of the motels that lined the highway in this section have been torn down to make space for modern buildings. At West Bypass (U.S. 160), take a left and head south. There, to your right, on the SW corner is the classic Rex Smith Gas Station.

2321 NW Bypass, Springfield. Thise side-gabled gas station which sold Flying A brand gas, was built by Otto Young in 1933, in a Craftsman bungalow style on what would become the new bypass alignment of Route 66 north of Springfield.

The place also had a restaurant plus two cabins (behind the gas station, to the north and south of it. Each stone cabin had two units and the entrance doors were under a gabled canopy.

black and white picture ca. 1940 gable roofed stone faced gas station and people
Rex Smith service station c.1940, Bypass 66 Springfield, MO. Credits
gable roofed stone faced 1933 filling station with trees and field behind it
Rex Smith service station nowadays, Bypass 66 Springfield, MO. Click for street view advertisement

Danny's Service Station

Drive south for 0.9 miles, and to your right on the NW corner of NW Bypass and EE Rd. is another service station. It has a great sign and is an icebox-sytle building, perhaps from the 1930s.

Danny’s Service Station on Route 66, Springfiled MO street view

a gas station and neon sign reading "Danny’s Service Station"
Danny’s Service Station on Route 66, Springfield, Missouri Click for Street View

Continue south along U.S. 160 for another mile, and you will reach the junction with "City 66" that comes from the east along W. Chestnut Expressway. Here both Bypass 66 and City 66 meet and end. From this point westwards the Main U.S. 66 headed out of Springfield along what is now MO-266. Turn right and follow it into "Western Springfield.

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After you turn onto MO-266 (former US 66), to your left, on the SW ide of the highway is a classic motel.

Wishing Well Motor Inn

3550 W Chestnut Expy. Built in 1947 to lure in the eastbound travellers, it is still open, though now as monthly or weekly rental units.

The building is relatively unchanged and the neon sign is almost untouched.

vintage color postcard of a motel with a neon sign
Postcard of the Wishing Well motel, Route 66, Springfield MO. credits
old motel building with a classic 1950s neon sign
Wishing Well Motel nowadays, Route 66, Springfield MO. Click image for street view

Rathmel's frame Phillips66

To your right, at 4230 W Chestnut. This propane gas business has a former "Rock Frame" Phillips 66 gas station. This design dates back to the 1950s when the company incorporated canted (slanted) plate glass windows and rocks were used to face the the office's walls

Below is a postcard from the early 1960s, looking south. Route 66 runs across the image.

Black and white picture from 1960 of a Phillips 66 gas station seen from the air
Rathmel's Phillips 66 c.1960 on Route 66, Springfield MO. Credits
former rock frame style Phillips 66 gas station
Rock Frame Phillips 66 on Route 66, Springfield MO. Click image for street view

Alli's Family Restaurant

Just ahead, to your left, at 4525 W Chestnut Expy is this old restaurant from the 1950s. Formerly the Seven Gables Restaurant and Truck Stop.

Alli's Restaurant red building, gables and neon sign
Alli's Restaurant, Route 66, Springfield MO. Click image for street view

Route 66 continued with a westerly course which now is intersected by I-44 half a mile west of Alli's. Continue west along MO-266 and you reach Elwood.

West of Springfield, towards Halltown

Rittenhouse's 1946 book describes the western outskirts of Springfield: " 6 mi Andy's Court. Next gas station at 8 mi... 9 mi. A small community here, with a custom grinding mill (Left), gas station, grocery and general store". Some of these landmarks are still standing next to Route 66.

On the western side of I-44, To fit the western access ramps, former US-66 (now MO-266) was moved to the north and then south again. Cutting off the original alignment. This road segment became Trail View Rd. next to Deer Lake Golf Course (map of the cutoff segment and map of the missing roadbed in orange).

Gas station and Andy's Court Site

oblong box gas station

Gas station by Andy's Court Motel. Click for Street View

On the western tip of the realignment, at 5957 W State Highway 266, Springfield. MO-266. Andy's court was razed (map), but next to it, on its eastern side is an old gas station. You can see both of them in this aerial photo from 1959, on the upper side of the image.

This was "Homer's Body Shop", with a two bay garage and an oblong box building.

Rainey's Wrecker Service

Head west to the "next gas station..." mentioned by Rittenhouse: Rainey's Tow service. Bert and Ina Rainey opened this site in 1945, as a gas station with a wrecker. They lived on the premises (the two story building) and added a concrete block garage which has six service bays.

There is a former D-X gas sign standing by the pump islands.

two story gable roof building, D-X gas sign and service bays
Rainey's Wrecker Service, Route 66, Springfield MO. Click image for street view

Just 0.3 miles ahead is the "Small community" mentioned by Rittenhouse.

Ronnie's Phillips 66

To your right. As you can see in the image below, this is another rock frame 1950s Phillips 66 station, it has the slanted office windows (now replaced with fiber board) and the rock faced walls. It is a garage (Ronnie's diesel).

rock frame style Phillips 66 gas station
Rock Frame Phillips 66 station on Route 66, Springfield MO. Click image for street view

Barnes General Store and Main Street Feed

Greene County Historic Site

To your left, on the south side of Route 66. It began when John Barnes purchased some land here in 1935 and established his general store. It grew into a successful business so he added individual buildings to his property. To the west was the feed mill, and the general store, it also had a barber shop, produce store, and a Conoco gas station to the east.

Below are two pictures sowing his "Barnes City" in the late 1930s.

Notice the Conoco station with its sign, to the left.

buildings in a row along Route 66 black and white photo with 1930s cars
Barnes General Store late 1930s, eastern part, Springfield MO. Credits

Western wing of Barnes "City".

Row of buildings on Route 66 black and white photo with 1930s cars
Barnes General Store late 1930s, western part, Springfield MO. Credits

Below is a view of the western wing nowadays, which is known as "Main Street Feed". You will see that the building beneath the grain elevators is the one on the right side of the 1930s image above, and the other two buildings left of it, appear in both "Then and Now" images.

old buildings and grain elevators
Main Street Feed, Route 66, Springfield MO. Click image for street view

John passed away in 1940 and his family kept on running the business until they sold the business in 1972 to Perryman. The eastern part of the complex had been modernized. The place closed for good in 2016.

O'Dell Gas Station and Café

Drive west. The 1993 Missouri Survey of Route 66 mentions "O'Dell gas station, cafe and residence 8911 HWy. 266" and the detailed survey included a photograph that helped us locate the site, which is still standing.

It is a stone faced hipped roof building on the north side (right) of Route 66 at its intersection with Farm Rd. 85 N.

stone building, hipped roof

Former O'Dell cafe. Click for St. view

two vintage 1950s gas pumps in a field

Two vintage gas pumps in a field by US 66. Click for St. view

Two gas pumps in a field

Ahead is the last sight in Western Springfield: two gas pumps in a field!

On the south side of the highway (left) as you enter the curve before reaching County Rd. T.

Your City Tour of Springfield ends here. Head west towards Plano to continue your Route 66 road trip.

Other ‌Interesting Sights in the City

Kickapoo Indian Village

Historic Marker

NE corner of E. Madison and South Ave. (Map with marker's location).

See it on the south wall of the apartment building. The text says: "Kickapoo Indian Village. From approximately 1812 to 1832 a Kickapoo Indian Village occupied the site bounded on the north by Madison, west by Campbell, south by Grand and east by Jefferson. 100 wigwams clustered around a spring formerly situated 250 feet southwest of this point. The Indians are believed to have planted on this site the first orchard of the Indian peach. Springfield University Club. 1925".

Pythian Castle

a stone castle

Pythian Castle, Springfield. Credits

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

1451 E. Pythian Street (Map)

It was built in 1913 by the Knights of Pythias -a fraternal organization. Later owned by the U.S. Army. Said to be a POW camp during WW II. advertisement

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In the Previous Page we describe Springfield downtown and City Route 66 attractions, weather, maps and an overview of the city's history.

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Jack DeVere Rittenhouse, (1946). A Guide Book to Highway 66.

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