Officially recognized as the birthplace of Route 66, it was in Springfield on April 30, 1926, that officials first proposed the name of the new Chicago-to-Los Angeles highway. In 1938, Route 66 became the first completely paved transcontinental highway in America-the "Mother Road"-stretching from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Coast. Traces of the Mother Road are still visible in downtown Springfield and on the city's north side. Travelers still see traces of history along the famous thoroughfare. In some areas, early gas stations and cafes are still in operation, sitting alongside antique stores and flea markets.