Greene County is the place where the US Highway 66 was born. Along with the destiny of millions, a stream of rich culture and ideas flowed along this historic highway, stretching 2500 miles from Chicago to California, from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Coast. This single route was once the microcosm of the whole nation, spread through time and space, humbly shaping the aspirations of America’s heartland. The county seat, Springfield still remembers the Mother Road (lovingly named by John Steinbeck) through the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, held every August. Vintage cars roll down in a classic parade with the retro style of the 1960's.
But the city is more than just that. Springfield sprang into existence from much before because of its strategic location. Connecting major urban centers of Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma it has become a hub of economic and cultural activities. The city downtown has revived recently due to its overall prosperity. Upscale cafes and ritzy pubs now throng the vibrant Park Central Road. Majestic performance arts theaters from the early 1900’s like the Gillioz Theatre stand proudly right beside modern multiplexes like Regal Cinemas College Station 14 and non-profit art house cinemas like Moxie Cinema. This area, between Springfield Downtown and Walnut Street, is a mini food capital of the Greene County. Bruno’s with its rustic setting and quintessential Italian fare has many loyal regulars and be sure to try it once. The Harbell's Grill & Sports Bar carries with it the lovely charm of an ageless old brick building with top-counter drinks and incredible comfort food.
Apart from the “Queen city of the Ozarks”, Greene County has a stellar collection of small towns and lively cities. Strafford leads the pack with a well-anchored local economy and friendly communities. Other cities like Ash Grove and Cave Spring are quite attractive for people who like the peace and tranquility of small towns in the vicinity of a big city. Smooth highways and State Routes can take you to other cities in minutes so you never have to sacrifice your career.
The county has a golden heart for wildlife and greenery, and a large portion of its land and funds is dedicated to conservation projects. The Bois D'Arc Conservation Area is best known for its elastic wood from hedge apple trees, Bois D'Arc tree, to bowwood that makes excellent bows. You can take a day trip to the Crossroads Archery Club to indulge in archery. It is also the native home for many songbirds, marsh hawks, and dove. Dickerson Park Zoo is a wildlife escapade right in the middle of the county. It has exotic animals, exciting train rides, epic picking spots and a cute little petting zoo for children. For a more up-close encounter with nature, traverse through the Mark Twain National Forest. You can spend days wandering and camping in its wilderness, sometimes going off for a hike up the mountains for an adventuresome kayak with the downstream currents. If you like history that’s scattered in its original location then go to the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Park, the site of the Battle of Wilson's Creek.
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