#127 – Lurvey Courts


In the 1920s, motor courts were available on almost every corner of Kearney Street and Glenstone Avenue in Springfield Missouri. Most have been removed but one that still stands is Lurvey's Court Stone Cabins at 2939 E. Kearney Street (old Route 66) near Springfield's eastern city limits. While long out of business, these sandstone cottages had two units in each building and included a gas station. In 1928, motel owners Burt and Irene Lurvey moved their cabins a short distance into Springfield from Strafford. Kearney Street was still under construction. There were originally 12 units in six buildings. In the 1970s, the cabins were converted to rentals. I am not sure how much longer these will last

#108 - Nathanael Green


This is the fall at Lake Drummond at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, Located along the South Creek Greenway trail, just across the road from Horton Smith Public Golf Course.
The lake was named for Anne Case Drummond, a civic force who inspired and mentored generations of Ozarks women. Her likeness is memorialized in bronze sitting on a park bench lakeside near the garden’s southern entrance. In 2014, the City’s Public Works Department completed a major stabilization and beautification project at Lake Drummond. It looks better than ever now, with the path around it passing through drifts of spring bulbs, the Woodland Garden, the English Garden and access to the South Creek Greenway.

#052-Nature Center Trail


Springfield Conservation Nature Center an 80-acre slice of the Ozarks outdoors, within the city limits of Springfield, is a place to connect with nature and learn the importance of conservation.
This is a beautiful, well-marked trail system teeming with flora and fauna. A number of very nice bridges take you across the James River, and numerous creeks and streams. Below is one of the boardwalks along the three miles of walking trails.

#093-Route 66 Rail Haven Motel


listed on the National Register of Historic Places was built in 1938, the heyday of The Mother Road, when brothers Elwyn and Lawrence Lippman built eight sandstone cottages on their grandfather’s apple orchard along Route 66 in Springfield, Missouri, and accented the property with a rail fence. By 1946 the motel had grown to 28 rooms. In the early 1950s, it became part of the newly formed Best Western chain of motels. The property went through many upgrades from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s, including changing from cottages to a strip motel. Elvis Presley crashed in room 409 at the Rail Haven. A full-service gas station with a two-tabled diner was on the current site of the motel office. Today, the Rail Haven celebrates that heritage with ornamental gas pumps that sit in front of the retro sandstone-colored rock facade of the office and dinner. The Rail Haven office still has its original working phone booth with a rotary dial.

#098-Sky Eleven


The Woodruff Building opened in 1911, Developed by John T. Woodruff and designed by Frank W. Hunt, the ten-story structure was christened ‘Springfield’s first Skyscraper’. It became a Springfield landmark of both downtown and of the skyline. An ornate brick exterior and an interior of Italian marble and intricate tile detailing. The post-WW II boom and expansion helped launch the concept of ‘modernization’ in all things. The Woodruff Building saw its first substantial ‘makeover’ during this time. Embracing modernism, the top parapet cap was removed and the entire exterior clad in sleek, blue porcelain panels. In 2014, the Vecino Group—with a goal of again creating a meaningful corner of downtown, acquired the Woodruff Building. As ‘Sky Eleven’ (an homage to its original nickname and birth year) it is a key part of the Park East neighborhood—and once again a vibrant part of Springfield.

#047 - Sequiota Park


Sequiota is an Indian name, Se-
qui-o-ta meaning many springs. The park was used once as the Kickapoo Prairie Indian gathering grounds.
Sequiota Park is part of the Galloway Station area in Springfield, Missouri. The area is named Galloway Station after Civil War Veteran Major Galloway. When Galloway was a merchant he stored goods in the cave. In the 1920's and 30's Sequiota Cave was used to raise mushrooms and later became a show cave with guided boat tours. The park was made into a State Park in 1929. Until 1959 it was used as a fish hatchery. After that, the city of Springfield bought the park and made it a city park. Please share and comment.

#056-Galloway Creek


The view off of the old iron bridge on Galloway Creek
greenway trail. Nearly six miles of Galloway Creek Greenway wind north-south through the east side of Springfield, Missouri. The first urban trail to be designated a National Recreation Trail, this greenway has become a backbone for recreation and bicycle transportation in the community. Connecting two schools, a historic park and cave, an award-winning nature center, many neighborhoods, several churches and some great restaurants including the popular local favorite, Galloway Station Bar & Grill.

#010-Fassnight Park 

A 28-acre plot purchased by the Springfield Park Board in 1924. The Springfield Park Board concluded a deal for 28 acres of the Fassnight farm south of Springfield, paying $12,000. One of the stipulations of the purchase was that the name Fassnight be used for the park. Fassnight was added to and made more attractive during the Great Depression by the WPA program. The pool building, walls, walkways, retaining walls, bridges, barbecue pits and even a creek bed line for Fassnight Creek, featuring Ozark Limestone were all added at this time. Fassnight Creek winds through the wooded park and hosts a variety of wildlife and native plantings. Please take the time and visit this park if you are in the area. You will not be disappointed.

#095 - Hayfield


Just east of Springfield Missouri I came across this hayfield. Taking a moment to capture this with the beautiful sunset and geese flying south for the winter. It was a quiet field although left abandoned it has its own unique beauty. Get out and enjoy all the beauty the Ozarks have to offer.

#124 - Twin Falls


The official name is Twin Falls, but in high water it has three distinct falls. Is at Boy Scout camp Orr, near Jasper Arkansas. This 48 ft. tall falls is arguably the most scenic in Arkansas.

#045-Gay Parita Sinclair Station


Located 25 miles west of Springfield on historic route 66 in Paris Junction, Missouri. Built by Gary Turner, the station was a re-creation of a circa-1930 gas station owned by Fred and Gay Mason that stood in the same spot until it burned down in 1955. Fred named the jumble of art deco gas stations after his wife Gay, and over the years, it became one of the favorite stops along Route 66. Gary’s guest book has been signed by travelers from as far away as New Zealand, Russia, China, India, Lithuania, Denmark, Italy and France. Sadly, Gary Turner, proprietor of The Gay Parita service station, passed away in January 2015. The site includes a replica station, along with original pumps and other memorabilia from the heyday of Route 66. If you have the time you should stop by this major stop along the mother road.