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August 2008

Route 66 Association of Illinois Board Meeting and Elections 2008

Our Association’s annual elections will be held at the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame and Museum on Sunday, October 19th

10:30 to Noon - Board Meeting

Noon to 1 PM - Lunch Break (on your own)

1 PM - General Meeting and Elections

The nominating committee will be running the election.   Please contact Kathy Miller at if you have any questions.

Come ride our new elevator to the 2nd floor!!!

Preservation Workday

Sunday, October 12, 2008, at 10:00 A.M.

Touch-up paint work at the Meramec Cavern advertising on the Barn in Cayuga, Illinois (just north of Pontiac).

Ladders and scaffolding may be needed. Call Joe Gniadek for details (630) 947-2354.

If you’ve never volunteered to help out on a Preservation project, you are missing a lot of fun.

For this project we’ll need help with the horses that live on the farm, so if you’re good with either a brush or a horse, we need you!

2008 Internation Mother Road Festival

The 2008 International Mother Road Festival will be September 26th through the 28th on the streets of downtown Springfield.

Our Association will be there promoting the Association, selling patches, cookbooks, and t-shirts on the south side of the Old State Capital Plaza between 5th and 6th Street.

Stop by and say hello!

Ariston Cafe receives Route 66 "Business of the Year" Award

Litchfield's historic Ariston Cafe was honored as the 2008 "Business of the Year" at the Official Route 66 Festival in Litchfield on Saturday, July 21. Proprieters Nick and Demi Adam were on hand to receive the award from the Route 66 Preservation Foundation on behalf of their legendary roadside landmark. Owned and operated by the Adam Family since its opening in Carlinville in 1924, the business and its founding family were inducted into the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame in 1992.

Ariston Award Given

Famous Photographer on the Road!

On Tuesday evening, August 12. famous photographer Hiroshi Hanamura met with former Route 66 Association of Illinois Presidents Frank Lozich, John Miller, current President Cathie Stevanovich, Treasurer Marty Blitstein, charter member Jeff Meyer and active member and volunteer Jeff Geisler as Mr. Hanamura starts a 2 week trip down Route 66.

The group gathers at The Chicken Basket

Hiroshi has traveled extensively on Route 66 in the past and has published books and photographs in Japan about the beloved Mother Road.  Mr. Hiroshi had met Frank Lozich, Jeff Meyer, and others when he was in Illinois in 1993 - in fact he even joined in the Route 66 Association of Illinois Motor Tour that year!!!

Route 66 Association of Missouri - 19th Annual Motor Tour

September 5,6, & 7, 2008

Route 66 of Missour - Motor Tour Join our friends to the south as they celebrate 3 fun filled days on Historic Route 66.  From Collinsville, IL to Lebanon Missouri and many points in between.

For more information download the brochure / registration form or visit the Route 66 Association of MO website at

Pontiac To Be On Run

Pontiac has been selected as a designated stop by the organizers of the Fireball Run Transcontinental Rally and Race to Recover America's Missing Children.

The Fireball Run, which features from 100 to 150 invited road-rally teams, will begin their 3,500-mile trek across American in Baton Rouge, La., on Sept. 25, and complete the zigzag course in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Oct. 4.

Visit the Pontiac Daily Leader for more information

Crazy Alaskan's Are Coming to Chicago!!

Will Ride Route 66 to California

Alaska is a great state and there are a lot of things to do but a small group of cyclist have a love of history and also like a challenge.  So three hearty Alaskans and one intrepid soul from Sun Prairie, WI are going to pedal their bikes from Chicago to Santa Monica, CA on the Historic Route 66.  The fun begins on August 17th and the end will hopefully be around Sept 9th, in Santa Monica on the Pier.

Threshersman's Parade - Pontiac IL

Do You Love A Parade?

Sunday, August 31st, at 1 PM in Pontiac is the Thresherman's Parade!

Come join other members to walk along with the float the Association will have in this year's parade. Children under 12 must be accompanied by their parents (please)

Put on your "66" best! For more details or information please contact Bob Killackey at or (708)707-1569

We'll be meeting an hour before the parade starts to assemble.

Caseyville Classic Car Cruise

Sept. 13th 9am - 2pm

Caseyville Community Center
909 S. Main
Caseyville, IL 62232


Registration $10.00 Free Dash plaque and T-shirt to the first 50 registered cars

Vendor and Crafter Spots available 10 x 10 indoor or outdoor $10.00 fee

Everyone is Welcome - Proceeds benefit Casey Community Activity Foundation
A Foundation trying to help stop bullying. We are providing educational materials to local schools and hosting activities for kids while promoting a non-bullying environment.

For more information email:

See you there!!

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Historic Maps

Highway GuideWatch Route 66 evolve into The Mother Road  with maps and highway guides from 1917-1992 courtesty of the official Illinois Digital Archives.