The Greater Ozarks Empire District Free Fair opens near the Springfield Zoo. Attendees enjoyed exhibits of crafts and household items, and the event continues to this day. It’s now known  the Ozark Empire Fair, and admission is $15 per person onsite. This image shows an older portion of U.S. Route 66 located in Springfield.  

Based upon content from the book Missouri 365: This Day in Missouri History by John W. Brown, broadcaster and Missouri historian. Get your copy at Reedy Press.

Photo credit: Highsmith, Carol M, photographer. A deteriorated section of old U.S. Route 66 in Springfield, Missouri. -11-23. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,