April 2008

The Sugar Creek Covered Bridge

This historic 58' long bridge was originally built by Thomas Black and restored in 1965.  Asphalt can still be seen on the original planks, if you look closely.

Location

The Sugar Creek Covered Bridge
Covered Bridge Road
Glenarm, IL 62536
United States
39° 38' 25.1232" N, 89° 39' 55.8468" W

Art's Motel and Restaurant

This restaurant dates back to 1920 when it was kown as Hendrick's Brothers Service Station. This unique eatey was rebuilt in 1952 after a fire destroyed the original building.  Art's was refurbished and reopened in early 2006.  The classic neon sign has also been restored. Stop in for some dinner and enjoy!

Location

Art's Motel and Restaurant
101 Main St.
Farmersville, IL 62533
United States
39° 26' 38.8104" N, 89° 38' 45.7584" W

Gillett Memorial Chapel & Cemetery

Owned by the Gillett family this uique Chapel nestles in the Elhart Cemetary and it is the only privately owned church in Illinois. Governor Oglesby rests here along with generations of the Gillett family.

Location

Gillett Memorial Chapel & Cemetery
Elkhart Hill
Elkhart, IL 62634
United States
40° 1' 15.1752" N, 89° 28' 14.3616" W

Shea's Gas Station Museum

Prepare yourself  for a treat as you tour this jampacked private museum owned by Bill Shea.  Bill has become an international celebrity, as you can see by the signatures in his guest book.  Allow plenty of time to browse through his collection of photos, homemade signs, and hear some of his fascinating tales.

Location
Shea's Gas Station Museum
2075 Peoria Rd.
Springfield, IL 62702
United States
39° 49' 44.7816" N, 89° 38' 16.71" W

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum reinvents the idea of the presidenial museum -  it contains state-of-the-art, immersive exhibits that create history and emit the feeling of real life.  It is a great tribute to a man that many people consider America's greatest president.

Location

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
212 N. Sixth St.
Springfield, IL 62701
United States
39° 48' 10.728" N, 89° 38' 52.152" W

Cozy Dog Drive-In Restaurant

Home of the Cozy Dog (a delicious hot dog on a stick) that was created by proprietor Ed Waldmire Jr. in the 1940s.  The delicacy is still made daily by the Waldmire family - Monday through Saturday. 

As you enjoy a cozy dog, you can check out the restaurant walls which are lined with Route 66 history.

Location

Cozy Dog Drive-In Restaurant
2935 S. Sixth St.
Springfield, IL 62703
United States
39° 45' 45.9828" N, 89° 38' 53.9736" W

Knight's Action Park & Caribbean Water Adventure

This is the #1 spot to stop and have some fun for the entire family. The Park opened in 1952 by George Knight Sr. and was originally  a golfing range.  Attractions include waterslides, a wave pool, batting cages, putt-putt golfing, a driving range, bumper boating and much more.  After he sun goes down stay late and catch a movie at the Route 66 drive-in.

Location

Knight's Action Park & Caribbean Water Adventure
1700 Recreation Dr.
Springfield, IL 62711
United States
39° 44' 28.32" N, 89° 41' 8.8188" W

The Railsplitter Covered Wagon

The Guinness Book of World Records recognizes this attraction as the World's Largest Covered Wagon.  The Railsplitter and its driver, Abe Lincoln, welcome visitors throughout the year.  Built by visionary Dave Bentley this hand-made creation is a perfect addition to Lincoln.

Location

The Railsplitter Covered Wagon
Corner of Woodlawn & Route 66
Lincoln, IL 62656
United States
40° 9' 27.6732" N, 89° 23' 11.9904" W

Palm's Grill Rt. 66 Cafe

This Cafe was originally opened from 1934 to the late 1960s in downtown Atlanta, Illinois. The Palm's Grill provided home-cooked meals to locals and Rt. 66 travelers, as well as BINGO and weekly dances.   Note the unique neon sign out front.  The Cafe is housed in the Downey Building along with the Atlanta Museum where you can view local history exhibits including those exhibits that deal with Abraham Lincoln's association with the town. It is scheduled to reopen in 2008.

Location

Palm's Grill Rt. 66 Cafe
Downtown on Old Route 66
Atlanta, IL 61723
United States

Bunyan's Statue/ Route 66 Park/Murals

Downtown Atlanta has many wonderful Route 66 sites and attractions, including the Route 66 Park and Atlanta Country Market. In recent years, the community has hosted the world-famous "Letterheads" the product of which is a series of historic murals. Don't forget "Tall Paul" the former Bunyan Giant, who has found a new home in this charming community.

Location

Bunyon's Statue/ Route 66 Park/Mural's
Downtown on Old Route 66
Atlanta, IL 61723
United States

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