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Springfield in Greene County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Red's Giant Hamburg

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, April 5, 2021
1. Red's Giant Hamburg Marker
Inscription.  Red's Giant Hamburg was a business on the west end of Route 66 in Springfield, Missouri, which is believed to have been the world's first drive-through restaurant.

The business's name was supposed to be "Red's Giant Hamburger," but owner Sheldon "Red" Chaney mis-measured the special-ordered T-shaped sign. So, with his newly purchased sign too tall to fit, he simply had the bottom of the metal sign cut off. Thus he removed the "er" in the word "hamburger," creating a business legend.

Red and his wife Julia served their giant hamburgs and homemade root beer from 1947 until they retired in 1984. The restaurant was torn down in 1997.

In 2013, the City of Springfield raised $15,000 through a crowd-sourcing campaign to recreate Red's legendary sign.
 
Erected by City of Springfield.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the U.S. Route 66 🛣️ series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1947.
 
Location. 37° 12.525′ 
Red's Giant Hamburg Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, April 5, 2021
2. Red's Giant Hamburg Marker
Next to the restored sign, which was placed there in 2015
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N, 93° 18.381′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Missouri, in Greene County. Marker is on West College Street west of South New Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located at Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1200 W College St, Springfield MO 65806, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Cabin in Springfield (within shouting distance of this marker); Zagonyi's Charge (approx. 0.6 miles away); Battle of Springfield (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Springfield (approx. 0.6 miles away); First School-House in Greene County (approx. 0.7 miles away); Yellow Bonnet Girl (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Springfield (approx. ¾ mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Springfield (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
 
Also see . . .  Red's Giant Hamburg on Wikipedia. Originally a motor court with a filling station, the restaurant was added in 1947 (as stated on the marker). The station and motor court would eventually be gone as business focused on the restaurant. Red passed away a few days after the place was demolished. (Submitted on April 12, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park sign image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, April 5, 2021
3. Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park sign
Where the marker is located
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 12, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 12, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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