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Springfield's Cozy Dog Drive-In The Mother Road in Pulaski County Courtesy Springfield CVB Museum of American Political Life, University of Hartford Opens April 26, 2014! 36 Call now for group information! n Contact Tami Goldman: C (314) 454-3137 | Missouri History Museum Forest Park | St. Louis | American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition was created by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. BANK TRAVEL M A N A G E M E N T Courtesy Pulaski Co. CVB S p r i n g f i e l d , I l l i n o i s | Groups rave about their visits to the Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfeld. And because that museum sits on Route 66, Karen Rosendahl, director of tourism for the Springfeld Convention and Visitors Bureau, invites bank groups to include it on their Mother Road tours. "We call this area 'the Living Museum' of Route 66, as you can visit mom-and-pop diners from the old days to this fairly new testament to Abraham Lincoln," she said. A classic stop in the Springfeld area is Shea's Gas Station Museum, a favorite for photo bufs who can't resist that eclectic collection of half a century of gas station memorabilia. Owner Bill Shea may be on hand to share his stories and tell the tales behind his collection of photos and homemade signs. "Te Cozy Dog Drive-In is the home of the famous cornmeal-battered hot dog on a stick, where it was invented in 1946 by Ed Waldmire," said Rosendahl. Te Waldmire family still greets diners to this classic venue that also ofers Route 66 memorabilia and souvenirs. More iconic sights in the area include the Railsplitter, the world's largest covered wagon and Die Cast Auto Sales, a converted 1930s service station flled with die-cast cars, CocaCola collectibles and Route 66 souvenirs. P u l a s k i C o u n t y, M i s s o u r i | Tirty-three miles of the original Route 66 runs through Pulaski County, Missouri. Karen Hood, group tour/travel coordinator with the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau, suggests that groups take a tour with a local historian. Guides give lively presentations that include a trip over several miles of original pavement, a few miles on an original dirt road and a visit to the 1923 Route 66 steel truss bridge over the Big Piney River at what is known as Devil's Elbow. "Tat name originated due to a large boulder at the bend in the river that made it difcult for lumberjacks to foat timber past the spot," said Hood. Ozark scenery, including the Old Stage Coach Stop and 1903 Courthouse in Waynesville, Missouri, are also featured on the tour. Fort Leonard Wood, an active military base in Pulaski County, was in the process of being built during Route 66's early days and can also be included on this classic American road trip. S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 3

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