Route History | Springfield, Illinois | Visit Springfield

Route History

737 E. Cook St. Springfield, Illinois 62703

By Appointment Only



Route History, Inc. is a tourist attraction and souvenir shop where visitors can experience and learn about the tragedy, resilience, and excellence of Black people, Black-owned businesses and related events and places located along historic Route 66. Learn about pioneers that made significant contributions to Illinois, the city of Springfield, and the greater society.  Of note are Springfield’s role as a haven along the Underground Railroad, the Race Riot of 1908, which led to the formation of the NAACP, and the lifesaving commodities and guidance provided by Black-owned businesses during the Jim Crow era.

This partner is part of our Explorer Passport as a Living Legend & Landmark of Route 66.  Click HERE to start exploring and find out where to get your free passport to 25 sites, attractions, museums and culinary adventures!