Springfield is also celebrated as the place where “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.
One place you have to see to believe—though the fishermen in your family will already know about it, for sure—is “The World’s Greatest Sporting Goods Store,” BassPro Shops Outdoor World. Along with acres of floor space, the store has a 140,000-gallon fish tank, a 40-foot waterfall, and even its own McDonald’s.
Springfield has at least one fine old Route 66 motel: the Route 66 Rail Haven on the corner of old Route 66 and US-65. Open since 1938, it has been fully modernized and now is a Best Western affiliate with a railroad theme. A mile away on old Route 66 is one of the earliest and most stylish models of the Steak and Shake burger chain open 24 hours, this is one of the last ones where car hops still bring you your food to your car.
Call Bon Voyage to discuss your Route 66 fly-drive holiday