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City GIS staff create 80-stop virtual tour of Historic Route 66

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Everything turns up sixes at the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, including the annual 6.6-mile marathon.

Everything turns up sixes at the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, including the annual 6.6-mile marathon.

The City of Springfield’s Geographic Information Systems division has created an intensive 80-stop “story map” of Historic Route 66 through Springfield utilizing mapping software Esri.

Esri Story Maps let users combine authoritative maps with narrative text, images and multimedia content, making it easy to harness the power of maps and geography to tell a story.

Going from east to west, the story map starts at the former site of Bumgartner’s Store in Strafford and ends at the former site of the Lone Start Court on West Chestnut Expressway, which now houses the Best Budget Inn.

Stops between the two include favorites such as the former site of Red’s Giant Hamburg, Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven, the former Kentwood Arms Hotel and the Woodruff Building (now Sky Eleven) and several motor courts, plus long-forgotten locales such as the Star Terminal Café, Brown’s Tourist Camp and Manhattan Dinner House. The story map features historical photos of the places in their heyday and current photos of the sites today.

To view the Story Map, please visit maps.springfieldmo.gov/rt66.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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