Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Worlds Largest Rocking Chair...

Somewhere on Route 66 between St. Louis and Rolla... Just follow the signs. LOL!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Route 66 Byway

At the Route 66 Byway between Mount Vernon and Springfield, MO.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Andy's Frozen Custard...

(From their website):
Andy's Frozen Custard began in Osage Beach, Missouri when John Kuntz and his wife Carol were looking for a change. John, who had sold everything from cars to real estate, took on the challenge of selling frozen custard. The venture has defined them as legendary Springfield, Missouri residents.

The first store at the lake took off like a rocket. Lines of people gathered to taste the incredible new treat. Inspired by their success at the lake, the family targeted Springfield for their next location and new home. With their first location on East Sunshine, they introduced supreme frozen custard to the city; a legacy was born.

John and Carol's son Andy worked long hours beside his high school sweetheart and soon-to-be wife Dana at the store on East Sunshine. Through hands-on work, Andy learned the business from the ground up, continually striving to expand and improve it.

With the opening of new locations and devoted new fans, Andy's Frozen Custard created quite the following, driven by a supreme product and unmatched customer service. At the heart of each Andy's is a fun work environment, where part time jobs for teens and full time positions for adults are valued equally, and all share in the fanaticism that brought Andy's to life.

Now, with three locations in Springfield and franchises in several states, these little shops offer customers near and far from its Osage Beach roots a slice of hometown Americana, where it's fun to be a kid for a while.

My personal favorite is the James Brownie Funky Jackhammer.... MMMMM!

You will see that frozen custard has become so popular in the Springfield area... They are NOT all the same... Like, Sandy's, Handy's, Candy's, etc.... But there is only ONE Andy's.

(Technically now there are several locations throughout the Ozarks)

Stop in and try them today! You will NOT be sorry.

Find a location here.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Diverging Diamond...

On my way to the Ozark Empire Fair, I had the exciting opportunity to drive through Springfields NEW Diverging Diamond Interchange!!

From Wiki:

A diverging diamond interchange is a rare form of diamond interchange in which the two directions of traffic on the non - freeway road cross to the opposite side on both sides of the bridge at the freeway. It is unusual in that it requires traffic on the freeway overpass (or underpass) to briefly drive on the opposite side of the road from what they are accustomed.

The diverging diamond interchange allows for two-phase operation at all signalized intersections within the interchange. This is a significant improvement in safety, since no left turns must clear opposing traffic and all movements are discrete, with most controlled by traffic signals. Additionally, the design can improve the efficiency of an interchange, as the lost time for various phases in the cycle can be redistributed as green time; there are only two clearance intervals (the time for traffic signals to change from green to yellow to red) instead of the six or more found in other interchange designs.

The only known diverging diamond interchanges are located in Versailles, Le Perreaux-sur-Marne, and Seclin, France and in Springfield, Missouri.

The Diverging Diamond can be found at the I-44/Kansas Expressway Interchange. It seemed to work pretty well although it did feel strange to be driving on the wrong side of the road....

Friday, July 17, 2009

Lost Rides at Silver Dollar City...

Hello all...I would say I've been really busy and haven't had time to post much lately, but actually I've just been really lazy and haven't posted much lately. But - Today I found this really interesting website for SDC fans and it featured a really cool page about the "lost" rides at SDC. When you have time (or if you are bored like me) then mosey on over there and take a look-see!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Booger Hollow

Booger Hollow, Arkansas
The name Booger Hollow originated with the belief that the area was haunted due to the numerous graveyards located there. (Booger as in like boogie or boogie man.) The town boasted a "population of 7 plus a coon dog."
Booger Hollow is found on highway 7, north of Russellville, AR.
Here you could find the ever popular tourist trap "Booger Hollow Trading Post" and the "Worlds Only Double Decker Outhouse."
(The lower level is practical, but the upper facility is perpetually closed "until we git the plummin' figgered out.")

The trading post consisted of a gift shop, a diner and photo-op Outhouse. The attraction didn't change for over 40 years and many families traveling through Arkansas on their way to Dogpatch or Silver Dollar City stopped at Booger Hollow. Signs counted the miles down toward Booger Hollow and as the traveler got closer I'm sure the kids were bouncing up and down in the back seat with excitement!

The Booger Hollow gift shop featured typical hillbilly themed knick-knacks as well as local goods like honey and lye soap. The diner offered silly menu items like the "boogerburger" and "boogerdog". I'm sure your crazy, back-seat jumpin, kid would love to brag to his friends that he ate a Boogerburger!

The original owners of Booger Hollow decided to sell in 2004 and the attraction has been abandoned ever since... It doesn't look like there are any plans to reopen anytime soon.
Possibly because a similar attraction called Chigger Hollow opened up further south on Hwy 7 in early 2007? It's been reported that all of the remenants of Booger Hollow are still sitting there along Hwy 7.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Landers "Little" Theater - Springfield

The historic Landers Theatre is located at 311 East Walnut in Springfield. It opened on September 18, 1890, with the production: "Golden Girl." The total capacity of the theater was 824 and at the time had the second largest stage in the entire state.

The Landers Theatre started out showing vaudeville type shows weekly eventually going on to host some other famous performers including Lon Chaney, John Philip Sousa and Lillian Russell. In 1927 the Landers became the 35th theater in the United States to show "talkies," showing Al Jolson in "The Jazz Singer."

On December 17, 1920, the Landers suffered a major fire. An asbestos curtain and other fireproofing precautions kept the theater from being a total loss. A janitor was killed in the fire and according to several sources, he still haunts the theater to this day (along with several other ghosts)!

The theater was rebuilt in 1922 and ran continuously through the 1960s as a motion picture theater. Springfield Little Theatre purchased the building in 1970 (Changing the name from "Landers Theater" to "Springfield Little Theatre") and the first Little Theatre production shown at the Landers was "The Importance of Being Earnest." In 1980 the Little Theatre expanded the lobby eastward, added a refreshment bar, handicap ramp and a restroom on the main floor. They removed the separate ticket booth and entrance for "colored people" at the same time.

The Springfield Little Theater was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

You can learn more about the history of the theater and get ticket information by clicking here.

You can read more about the spooky Lander's Hauntings by clicking here and here.