Check out “The Largest Rocking Chair on Route 66”

During our trip on Old Route 66, we made a stop at the “World’s Largest Rocking Chair on Route 66” in Fanning Missouri. The once “World’s Largest Rocking Chair” now believed to be the 2nd largest, was erected on historic Route 66 next to the Fanning Outpost General Store in 2008. Designed by John R. Bland and fabricated by Joe Medwick the chair stood at 42 feet tall and 20 feet wide – it was the biggest rocking chair in all of America!

The Fanning 66 Outpost General Store has probably one of the largest selections of Route 66 merchandise in Missouri. This is worth the stop in Missouri, even if just to snap a photo and stretch your legs. This is a great place to be and perfect for photos. Learn more about our Mother Road Collection of Sangamon Watches, browse here.

Address: 5957 Hwy ZZ
Cuba, Missouri, 65453
United States


Come to See the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle on Route 66

The Brooks Catsup Bottle water tower on south of Collinsville, Illinois, is trademarked “The World’s Largest Catsup Bottle”. As a prime example of mid-20th-century novelty architecture along old Route 66, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Catsup Bottle tower built in 1949 is located at 800 S Morrison Ave, Collinsville, IL 62234. Nearly 70 feet tall, atop a 100-foot-tall steel tower, it could hold up to 100,000 gallons of water.

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Hit the Old Route 66 Today

I will be traveling on the lonely Old Route 66 starting from Springfield Illinois later today; with only one week time frame, I have no idea if I would ever reach California. To learn more about my travels on Old Route 66, please follow Instagram: @iLoveSangamon

Road Tripping Down Route 66 with Tony Forte

Route 66 is one of the most popular road trip destinations in the world. Along its path there are restaurants, attractions, incredible views and culture, and so much more. Our photography team and Sangamon Watches model Tony Forte, a 44 year old army veteran, traveled from stop to stop along Route 66’s Springfield route with nothing but a car and Sangamon watches – and of course, the trusty photography skills of our CEO Tyler McKay. These watches come from the Mother Road Collection of Sangamon Watches, which was inspired by historic Route 66. They perfectly match the atmosphere of every location. If you ever travel on Old Route 66 in Springfield Illinois area, check out these spots and call us to see our wristwatches in person.

Route 66 Motorheads Bar, Grill and Museum

Tony’s first stop was at Route 66 Motorheads Restaurant and Museum at 600 Toronto Rd, Springfield. This restaurant could be described as a classic car restaurant. It has cars both old and new to peruse, and a fun gaming room with slot machines, and burgers that taste like they came straight from heaven. It also has the largest Route 66 steel sign. And the liquor shelves at the bar are even made up of the back ends of cars. This restaurant is a sight for everyone to see. You will appreciate the cool cars, photos, and memorabilia in the restaurant.

Fulgenzi’s Pizza and Pasta (Mahan’s Route 66 Historic Gas Station)

After Motorheads, Tony checked his trusty Sangamon watch to make sure he was making good time on his journey, and headed off to Fuglenzi’s Pizza and Pasta right across from the Illinois State Fair Ground. Fulgenzi’s pizza and pasta serves delicious Italian dishes. Anyone wishing for some delicious spaghetti in Springfield, should stop by Fulgenzi’s at 1168 E Sangamon Ave. Mahan’s Route 66 Historic Gas Station next door has great Route 66 signs, it is a perfect place for photos. Mahan’s is the last of real historic “one hole” original gas stations from the very old days when Route 66 was the great highway across the US.

Route 66 Hotel and Conference Center

After some delicious food, it was time to see the famous Route 66 Hotel at 625 E St Joseph Street. The hotel features a small museum of Route 66 memorabilia. It has a lot of exhibits with old car and motorcycle license plates. They have so many signs, cars, and more. This is a great place to visit or stay the night. It is right along Route 66, so it’s a perfect pit stop for those wanting to have an overnight budget stay. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and the Illinois State Museum are both within 3.4 mi of the hotel.

Cozy Dog Drive In

After perusing Route 66 hotel, Tony checked his Sangamon watch and realized it was dinner time. But what’s the perfect place for dinner in Springfield? The Cozy Dog Drive In at 2935 S 6th St, Springfield . The Cozy Dog Drive In serves the ‘original’ hot dog on a stick. This is a prime Route 66 location, with many bikers traveling through and stopping for a ‘cozy dog.’ Best of all, the restaurant is covered with old photos, Route 66 road maps and signs, and just has that old time feel to it. By all accounts our meals were fantastic.

Route 66 is a great place to visit on a journey through the United States. Springfield is one of the beginning destinations on Route 66, and as such, has amazing places to stop. Our team had a great day exploring specific Route 66 attractions in Springfield.

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Local Review: Have You Been to Maid-Rite Sandwich Shop Lately?

Do you know the Maid-Rite Sandwich Shop is thought to be the oldest sandwich shop in continuous operation in Springfield Illinois? This specific restaurant at 118 N Pasfield Street nearby the office building of IL Department of Public Health, built in 1921, claims to have the first drive-thru window in the U.S. The small original building, along historic US Route 66, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

Tyler and I decided to go Maid-Rite for lunch today. It was possibly the first time there for both us in last five years. We both ordered Maid-Rite loose meat burgers along with french fries, strawberry flavored milk shake and home made root beer. The food is a lot better than other fast food restaurants. It is not a typical patty burger, it is cooked ground beef on a bun, but has a secret flavor of spices to the meat. The ground beef was seasoned and steamed to perfection with mustard, onion and a dab of relish. We both loved the flavor of the meat. Tyler really liked his root beer .

In addition to the awesome food, the manager was very nice and humorous, he made us feel like that we were at our own family’s kitchen. The feeling we never had at other restaurants. We enjoyed our short dining experience.

The restaurant is small, cute and clean, you can see them preparing and cooking food right in front of you. Lunch hour was always quite busy since many state workers stop by, you might have to wait for a few more minutes, we are sure this place welcomes all the Route 66 lovers and fans from all over the world.

Maid-Rite
118 N Pasfield St, Springfield, IL 62702
Phone: (217) 523-0723

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Local Review: A Taste of Osaka in Springfield

We are always on the lookout for a great restaurant that offers impeccable Eastern cuisine. In the Osaka Japanese Restaurant on Wabash Ave., Springfield, we found it!

   My colleague and I went there for lunch the other day and enjoyed it. The setting was quite comfortable, with a huge menu that offers sushi, noodles, even Thai curry. We went for lunch, so we didn’t get the option to try the tableside cooking, but that is an option during the dinner service.

    The restaurant itself was modern, sleek, and clean. Lots of different people came through, with most ordering take-out due to the pandemic. They’ve got a fully-stocked western bar and a great-looking Thai menu as well. Perhaps next time we will try their Thai food.

    We ordered a few different things, and the serving size was great – more than generous! The pricing was right too, and, most importantly, we loved the food! We had miso soup along with our meal which is always a great, comforting choice. This was particularly lovely, with fresh tofu, wakame seaweed, and scallions. We have miso pretty much everywhere we go, and this was a great one: I love fresh tofu.

    We shared a starter between us, and we weren’t disappointed. The portion size was plenty big enough that we could share with no trouble, and the food was delicious. We had crispy calamari, which was served with a sweet peach chili sauce. A lot of places serve calamari which is obviously prepared elsewhere, frozen, and reheated in the kitchen. Not so here! This calamari had really crunchy panko breadcrumbs and was so hot and fresh it must have been straight from the fridge, to the prep station, to the plate. In our house we’re huge sweet chili sauce snobs, often making our own, and this surpassed our expectations hugely. The peach flavor really worked with the chili and the calamari, I’d definitely order it all again!

    We also ordered two plates of sushi, which we shared between us. Namely, we had the Dark Knight and the Rainbow. The Dark Knight is a beautifully seared filet mignon wrapped over crispy shrimp tempura, seared onion, cucumber, tobiko, and scallions. It had a really fresh taste and you could tell it was prepared by a knowledgeable sushi chef.

    The Rainbow was a jumbo roll of Kani, cucumber, and avocado wrapped with yellowtail, bluefin tuna, and Atlantic salmon. This was amazing too: the fish was fresh and all of the ingredients were perfectly portioned relative to each other. I’d be sure to order both of these sushi dishes again.

    Lastly, we also had hibachi with shrimp and noodles. It was served with Japanese onion soup and house salad. It was topped off with a little of our homemade citrus infused ginger dressing, as well as fresh grilled vegetables and steamed rice. We went with steamed rice, but the fried rice was also available for another two dollars. This dish was absolutely stunning. The shrimp were fresh and succulent, and the meal, on the whole, was just better than other places that we’ve had from. It wasn’t too salty, the seasoning was just right.

    If you’re on the lookout for quality Japanese food, it’s definitely worth taking a trip to Osaka Japanese Restaurant. We absolutely loved the food and their service, and we’ll be sure to return soon.

Osaka Japanese Restaurant
1665 Wabash Avenue
Springfield, Illinois 62704
 Phone : (217) 726 8037

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