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March 2009

Our Lady of the Highways Shrine

Located along Historic Route 66 in the panhandle of Montgomery County, Illinois, the Shrine of Our Lady of the Highways has watched over travelers along the Mother Road and Interstate 55 since the late 1950's. While much of the pavement of Route 66 has been returned to the fields of rural Central Illinois, the Shrine remains as a testament to the weary traveler and Mother Mary's guidance and protection over the highway and her travelers.

The Carrara Marble Statue of Our Lady of Lourdes from Italy was originally constructed as a high school project. It is inscribed "Mary, Loving Mother of Jesus, Protect us on the Highway". Also along the road from this site is a trail of Burma Shave type signs of the Hail Mary.


Our Lady of the Highways Shrine
22353 W Frontage Rd
Raymond, IL 62560
United States
39° 19' 52.3236" N, 89° 38' 36.546" W




White Fence Farm

Located on Joliet Road on what became the Alternate  Route 66 after 1940. A farm close to the city to draw in the city folks, serving yummy chicken dinner!. The fact that they have a petting zoo and museum just seals the sense of nostalgia.






White Fence Farm
1376 Joliet Road
Romeoville, IL 60446
United States
41° 40' 33.924" N, 88° 3' 22.0392" W


Visit John Ruh's Route 66 Train Exhibit

Attention Route 66 Fans!!!

You'll want to see this amazing Route 66 attraction!

John Ruh's Route 66 Train Exhibit

Private showings available by appointment.

Arrange your visit through John Weiss

Click here to for a virtual tour along Route 66 on John's 'O Guage' model train set!

The President's View - Spring 2009

Change is in the air - we have a new President, a new Governor and the Route 66 Preservation Corridor Act has been renewed. We have much to be grateful for.

The reality is we all are facing tough economic times. Job layoffs, staff reductions, plant closings - all our towns, cities and villages along Route 66 are being affected every day by our current economic challenges. Every member of this Association is "feeling the pinch" and then some.

26th Annual Chicago Blues Festival

The 26th Annual Chicago Blues Festival

3 day blues music festival

June 12-14, 2009 

11:00 am to 9:30 pm daily

Free and open to the public

Takes place at the origination point of Route 66. There is a Route 66 Roadhouse situated at the corner of Jackson and Columbus in Grant Park and features discussions, live music and a dining area for all to enjoy.

For more information link to

Painting Party at Odell Standard Gas Station

Saturday, April 18th - 10 a.m. (Rain date, Sat. April 25th)

The Odell Standard Gas Station needs some repainting. The winter weather really took its toll. Lots of sections are peeling off. As we all know, maintenance of preservation projects is extremely important. Tourism season and the Red Carpet Corridor event, May 2 & 3, will soon begin.


Find out what our team of wonderful volunteers experience when we all come together to work on a project along Route 66. Try it - You might like it!!!

We need some idea of how many folks to expect. Please call or email John and Lenore Weiss if you are able to attend. E-mail - , phone 815-458-6616.

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Learning to use our calendar puts the fun and adventure of Route 66 at your fingertips. It's easy to discover the when, what and where of events along the road.

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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.