Route History | Springfield, Illinois | Visit Springfield

737 E. Cook St. Springfield, Illinois 62703

Mon-Fri 10a-5p, By appointment on weekends


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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.