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Springfield/Route 66 KOA, near Springfield, Missouri

Springfield/Route 66 KOA, near Springfield, Missouri

A Stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour

By Jim Fulton

 

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I spent three days at Springfield, Missouri. in order to visit my sister and her husband. There we visited the Missouri Institute of Natural Science Museum, a small, but worthwhile attempt to preserve local fossils.

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Id Flights_GFT_2017_1211
Title Springfield/Route 66 KOA, near Springfield, Missouri
Subtitle A Stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour
Keywords Springfield, Missouri, Springfield/Route 66 KOA, Missouri Institute of Natural Science Museum, FOSSILSITE, POINTINTVAL, STORY
Author Jim Fulton
Author's URL http://fenixnest/Phoenix/
Copyright 2017
Status Published: 2018/3/27
Last Revised 2018-02-28

Springfield, Missouri

Arrived 2017/12/11
Day of Tour 142
Nights Stayed 3
Departed 2017/12/14
Map miles from last stop 117
Mileage on arrival 28,180
Actual miles from last stop 446
Accumulated miles for trip 11,275

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I spent three days at Springfield, Missouri. in order to visit my sister and her husband. There we visited the Missouri Institute of Natural Science Museum, a small, but worthwhile attempt to preserve local fossils. We had a good visit, but that is not an appropriate subject matter for a public blog.

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Springfield/Route 66 KOA

It's taken too long to get around to reporting this stay. My memories have faded, to the point that all I can say is that it was just another KOA, with the obligate nearby train track, and a strange resistance to building an internal map in my mind that let me forego the GPS. I'm going to have to improve my reporting processes, and get things written down earlier.

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Springfield/Route 66 KOA
Springfield/Route 66 KOA
Springfield/Route 66 KOA
Springfield/Route 66 KOA
Springfield/Route 66 KOA
Springfield/Route 66 KOA
Springfield/Route 66 KOA
Springfield/Route 66 KOA
Springfield/Route 66 KOA
Address 5775 West Farm Road 140
Springfield, MO 65802
Home Page https://koa.com/campgrounds/springfield-route-66/
Phone Reserve: 417-831-3645
Info: 417-831-3645
Associations
Rate (net US$) $45
Pros
  • Pleasant, well-wooded campground
  • Good-sized campsites
Cons
  • Constant traffic on nearby train track
Reviews (as of 2018/2/25)
Reviewer Rating Out of
RV Park Reviews 7 (Good) 10
Good Sam 9 10
KOA 4.5 5
Tripadvisor 4 5
Phoenix 7 10
  Site Type pull-through  
  Site Size 8 10
  Ease of Access 8 10
  WiFiNotes 7 10

Points of Interest

The Missouri Institute of Natural Science was organized to support investigation of the Riverbluff Cave and the Pleistocene fossils found there. The associated museum is small, but it provides public access to those fossils, as well as others donated to its collection. The staff was friendly and helpful, providing us with a delightful afternoon.

Missouri Institute of Natural Science Museum

I have added the photos of fossils that I took at the museum to my collection that you can access below. Here I only show a few that don't belong in that collection.

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Missouri Institute of Natural Science Museum
Missouri Institute of Natural Science Museum
Santa Triceratops
Missouri Institute of Natural Science Museum
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Missouri Institute of Natural Science Museum
Bubbly Rock
Missouri Institute of Natural Science Museum
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Missouri Institute of Natural Science Museum
Bubbly Rock
Missouri Institute of Natural Science Museum
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Fossils at the Missouri Institute of Natural Science Museum

The Missouri Institute of Natural Science Museum has a small but worthwhile fossil collection, focusing on local discoveries. I took several of photos, but my fossil photo collection is under major redevelopment, and I would rather organize them once and for all than take time now for a temporary local collection. They will come, I promise you. It's only a matter of correcting a few bugs in the programming, thereby generating a few new bugs and correcting those, thereby ....

Next Stop

From Springfield I went to Neosho, Missouri to continue my trip down memory lane.

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