January 2009

Big Doings in Joliet!

Thanks to Hall of Fame Members John and Lenore Weiss who've brought to our attention some exciting events taking place in Downtown Joliet. Joliet is home to several Route 66 attractions such as the Rialto Square Theater, Bicentennial Park and The Joliet Area Historical Society.

Learn all about this happening city and discover the fun that awaits your visit to Joliet. Subscribe to e-Scene Newsletter at their website, Downtown Joliet.

Annabelle (Horrie) Parkinson - Braceville

We at the Route 66 Association of Illinois are sad to report the death of Hall of Fame Member, Annabelle (Horrie) Parkinson. Mrs. Parkinson passed away on January 23, 2009 at the age of 89.

She and her husband, H. Burt Parkinson owned and operated the Gardner Chronicle until 1987. They were inducted into our Hall of fame on June 10, 1995.

Read the Notice for Annabelle (Horrie) Parkinson.

Complete Hall of Fame List Now Online!

We are proud to announce the creation of an Online List of Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame Members!

Its permanent link, Hall of Fame Members, has joined the other points of interest in the Discover menu to the left. We hope you'll check it out!

We are excited to provide the list in its entirety...but there is much more to come! Our website team is working toward linking each inducted person and attraction to stories about their valued contributions to the Mother Road. Consider it an ongoing labor of appreciation to make this information available to all here on the site.

Watching Our Baby Grow

The Route 66 Association of Illinois was recently contacted by Tom Huber, map librarian at the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois, who brought to our attention an amazing project. The Illinois State Library, a division of the Illinois Secretary of State’s office has made available Online Maps of the State of Illinois from 1917 to 1992!

A map for every year that the Secretary of State’s office published a map (some years it did not) is included in the collection which can be viewed at the Illinois Digital Archives.

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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.