Thursday, October 4, 2012

Route 66 - Day 12 - Conway, MO to Republic, MO

Route 66 - Part 1
Day 12 Conway to Republic

55 Actual Miles / 1980 Actual Elevation

Niangua Junction
    Niangua Junction Store

            Edwin Hubble [1889-1953] - Astronomer for whom the Hubble Space Telescope was named. There is a quarter scale (1,200 l) model of the telescope on the courthouse lawn in the Route 66 town of Marshfield, MO, his birthplace.
RVExpress RV Park [417-859-7839] has a nice Route 66 Gift Shop
Exotic Animal Paradise [888-570-9898]


            Route 66 Antiques

Springfield   Ozark Region - Mountainous plateau region of southwestern Missouri and northern Arkansas. The Route 66 Town do Springfield, MO, is nicknamed Queen of the Ozarks.
            Red's Giant Hamburger - Restaurant notable for at least two things: the truncated form of its specialty dish, the hamburger; and also for its claim of being the first restaurant to feature drive-thru service, beginning in 1947. Unfortunately for today's hungry traveler, Red's was demolished in 1997.
            Campbell's 66 Express - A trucking company that originated in the Route 66 town of Springfield, MO, and which is notable for its mascot, Snortin' Norton the camel.
            "Takhomasak" - Promotional "slogan" for Steak 'n Shake restaurants, from "Take Home a Sack(ful)." The restaurant chain also uses "In sight it must be right." there is a Steak 'n Shake on Route 66 in Springfield, MO, that is still housed in its original 1962 architecture.
           Shrine Mosque Theater - 601 E. 1st Street – A local curiosity and an Old Route 66 landmark. Built in 1923 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
            "Wild" Bill Hickok killed fellow gambler Dave Tutt, apparently because Tutt wore the watch he'd won from Hickok playing cards. A plaque in the central square tells one of many variations on the tale.
            BASS Pro Shops Outdoor World - 1935 S. Campbell Street [417-887-7334] 140,000-gallon fish tank, 40-foot waterfall and it's own McDonald's.
Route 66 Rail Haven - 203 S. Glenstone Avenue [417-866-1963]

            Steak and Shake - 1158 E. St. Louis Street [417-866-6109] one of the earliest and most stylish models. This is one of the last ones where carhops still bring your food.
Home of Class AA Texas League Springfield Cardinals who play off US-65 at one of the country's most attractive ballparks Hammons Field [417-863-2143]
     Rest Haven Court - 2000 E. Kearney [417-869-9114] Neon Sign
Fantastic Caverns – Acclaimed as “America’s Only Drive-Thru Cave,” the tour takes you along a path of an underground river in Jeeps. The cave was once owned by the Klu Klux Klan.

Giant Pistol at a pawnshop near Grant Ave.

            Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield – where the first Union general to die in combat during the Civil War, Nathaniel Lyon, lost his life on August 10, 1861.

We are staying at the AmericInn, 950 Austin Lane, Republic, MO. Tomorrow we are off to Carthage, MO

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