May 2008

Brisk Weather Ushers In The RCC!

Travelers came from Utah, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Texas and more to experience the 2nd Annual Red Carpet Corridor on Route 66 in Illinois. Despite a chilly, windy and sometimes wet Saturday, the weather did not put a damper (pun intended) on this very successful festival.

Visitors enjoyed a fun-filled time searching for personal treasures, crafts, statuary, furniture, antiques, jewelry and so much more. Their hungry appetites were filled by all kinds of home made goodies sponsored by local organizations.

It was virtually impossible to get lost during this festival weekend as many extra RCC signs were posted along the entire 90 mile journey.

Logan County Route 66 Garage Sale

Fri., June 13 & Sat., June 14 - 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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37 miles of garage sales, flea markets, food, & Route 66 memorabilia in Atlanta, Lawndale, Lincoln, Broadwell and Elkhart.

Last minute vendors welcome!

For information call Rt. 66 Heritage Foundation @ 217-732-8687 or visit www.route66garagesale.com

 

16th Annual Threshermen's Bluegrass Festival

September 26 - 28, 2008 at Threshermen's Park, Pontiac Illinois

Featuring the music of:

  • Rarely Herd
  • Ronnie Reno
  • Cedar Hill
  • Faris Family
  • Goldwing
  • The Martinis
  • Long Creek Bluegrass
  • The Watkins Family
  • Stay Tuned

For more information or tickets call 815-844-3560 or visit threshermenbluegrass.com

 

The Dormition of the Theotokos Catholicon of the Patriarchat Russion Orthodox Catholic Church

This church was established by a group of Russian immigrants who lived and worked in Benld in 1907.  They built their homes and raised their families whiling adding their customs and ideas to the ever-mixing cultures we find in our great country.  The church was rebuilt in 1915 after a fire and rennovated in 1989.

Location

The Dormition of the Theotokos Catholicon of the Patriarchat Rus
300 N. Fourth St.
Bendl, IL 62009
United States

Scotty's Route 66 Grill

Hamel is known as "the best little town on Route 66" and there's plenty of food, cold drink and hospitality at Scotty's Bar & Grill.  Scotty's is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week.  For more Route 66 information make sure to visit the Homestead Tourist Information Center located just outside Hamel on northbound I-55.

Location

Scotty's Route 66 Grill
108 S. Old Route 66
Hamel, IL 62046
United States
38° 53' 18.4308" N, 89° 50' 43.026" W

The Stagger Inn Roadhouse

The Inn is a great place to stop and have a cool beverage and visit with the town's friendly people. 

Location

The Stagger Inn Roadhouse
104 E. Vandalia
Edwardsville, IL 62025
United States
38° 48' 40.464" N, 89° 57' 19.0548" W

Brooks Catsup Bottle

This is one of Collinsville most unique attractions.  The "bottle" served as a water tower for the catsup maker since it was built in 1949.  This roadside attraction is Americana at its finest.  You may have to wander off 66 a bit to find it, but it's worth the effort. Local volunteers keep the catsup bottle looking its best.

Location

Brooks Catsup Bottle
800 S Morrison
Collinsville, IL 62234
United States
38° 39' 42.894" N, 89° 58' 58.9224" W

The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge was built in 1929 as part of the construction of Route 66.  One of the bridge's most unique features is the bend located about half-way through it's one mile stretch.  Today this Bridge is the world's longest pedestrian and bicycle bridge.  The Chain of rocks Bridge is open for foot and bicycle travel year-round and opens for vehicular traffic during special car events.

Location

The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge
Old Chain of Rocks Road
Madison, IL 62060
United States
38° 45' 42.6168" N, 90° 5' 18.906" W

The Luna Cafe

After a long day of driving this is a must stop.  It was built in 1924 and was an old Al Capone hangout.  Luna is famous for their sign and has a unique history. They offer their visitors the best beverages in town along with good food and great stories. Just as for Rooster!

Location

The Luna Cafe
201 E. Chain of Rocks Road
Mitchell, IL 62040
United States
38° 45' 42.6168" N, 90° 5' 18.906" W

Thre Coliseum Ballroom

If walls could talk!  This former dance hall welcomed some of the most popular entertainers of its day which is now nearly 50 years ago. Today this classic piece of history is vacant and looking for a new owner to revive old times.

Location

Thre Coliseum Ballroom
520 S. Hard Road (Old Route 66)
Bendl, IL 62009
United States

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