The City of Strafford is a small community of about 2,100 people located just east of the City of Springfield. With the arrival of Route 66, the city developed Main Street as it became a federal highway. The City of Strafford is looking to bring its downtown and Route 66 lore back into prominence.

Strafford was designated a DREAM community in the fall of 2008. Individual planning elements began in 2009 working toward building and streetscape improvements, financial assistance, and marketing efforts to assist the City as it seeks to build upon its Route 66 heritage.

For more information about the Missouri DREAM Initiative activities in Strafford, please contact Steve Bodenhamer at (417)736-2154.