HISTORICAL POSTCARDS OF SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI
Eagle Tourist Court
Eagle Tourist Court. This postcard is a "duo-grave" made by Mid-West Map Co., in Aurora, Missouri. The caption on the front states that the court is "One-Half Mile East on U.S. 66." The back of the card reads "Sleep in Safety and Comfort Without Extravagance. All Modern Heated Cottages. Prompt and Courteous Service for Our Guests. Popular Priced Café -- Famous for Food." This describes a typical tourist court created during the days when Route 66 was the "Mother Road."
The Eagle Tourist Court was actually one of the first tourist courts in Springfield, starting business in 1928. In 1938 a traveler could rent one of the three cottages pictured for $1 to $1.50 per night. Each cottage had kitchen facilities and there was a single public restroom. The Eagle also had a café and gas station.
It was located on the southwest corner of Barnes Avenue and East Kearney Street. The current address is 2158 East Kearney. It was annexed into Springfield sometime between 1955 and 1960. The Eagle became a trailer park in the late 1960s. In the early 1980s, the cottages were demolished and the land made into a parking lot.