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August 2009

Support Our Association With Your Purchase

Click here to support our Association by shopping at!

We are proud to introduce a new opportunity for you to celebrate Route 66 and Support the Route 66 Association of Illinois at the same time

Notice down on the sidebar there's a new "Support Our Association" heading. It invites you to browse some Route 66- related items available at You can scroll through the selected items by clicking and holding the up and down arrows below the pictures. has a huge assortment of Route 66-themed items - we've selected just a few to whet your appetite here on our site. Hover over any item for a description and click on it to go directly to where you can purchase it - or any of the many thousands of products they offer.

That's right - has thousands of items, including books, music, toys, electronics, household items and clothing, just to name a few!

Here's how our affiliation with benefits our Association:

Landmark Status Sought For Lamplighter's Indoor Pool

The Lamplighther in Springfield was perhaps the first motel along Route 66 to have an indoor swimming pool. While the former motel has been converted today into a residential development, the vintage pool remains. The Lamplighter's current residents are seeking landmark status for the historic swimming pool.

Click here to read the entire story in the Springfield Journal-Register: Lamplighter residents seeking landmark status.


Riviera Roadhouse To Re-Open Soon!

The Riviera Roadhouse in Gardner is slated to re-open soon!

According to the new owner,Bob Kelly, the famous Riviera should re-open within a week or two. The same outstanding highway food, Riviera recipes, and familiar faces of employees will be obvious.

Everything will be the same. Bob said his goal is to save this icon and continue to help families and travelers make Route 66 memories. Work is progressing nicely, to clean, paint, and bring up to code this famous structure.

It is extremely important that we all support this ambitious preservation project. Make plans to visit soon!

The streetcar will remain. Some needed work will now be scheduled. Stay tuned for more detailed updates.

Route 66 Magazine Features Documentary Based on Weiss' Book

We congratulate John and Lenore Weiss for the recognition they recently received in Route 66 Magazine!

Route 66 Magazine

It contains a story about a travel documentary based on their book, Traveling the Historic Three: Route 66, The Dixie and Lincoln Highways.

What great publicity for the Mother Road!

Luxembourg Films on Route 66

By John Weiss

Seeing travelers from around the world is not an unusual site on Route 66. Tourists with cameras, and independent film and news crews are also a common sight on this famous highway.

However, this group was different. They were here to film segments of a feature film for a movie studio in Luxembourg.

First it is important to note that Luxembourg is a small European country near Germany. They speak a distinctive language of their own. As a result, distribution of a feature film from Luxembourg is limited to mainly their country.

Route 66 Pancake Breakfast on the Rooftop

Route 66 Pancake Breakfast on the Rooftop

Sunday, September 20, 2009

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Joliet Area Historical Museum Rooftop
204 N. Ottawa St., Joliet

Click here to view the flyer.

The following is a press release from Leslie Bolin, Marketing Manager, Joliet Area Historical Museum .

Enter The Route 66 Dream Raffle

Enter The Route 66 Dream Raffle!

Sponsored by the Joliet Area Historical Society.

1st Prize - 2010 Harley Davidson "Fat Boy" Motorcyle or $10,000 Cash!
2nd Prize - 2 Round Trip Tickets to anywhere Southwest Airlines flies
3rd Prize - Part on the Museum Rooftop Terrace with food and beverages for up to 50 people

Tickets $20 each, 3 for $50, 7 for $100

To Purchase Tickets:
JAHS Museum Gift Shop, 204 N. Ottawa St., Joliet
(815) 723-5201 (ext. 224)

Drawing to be held  October 3, 2009

For complete details, click here to view official flyer.

Girard Pumpkin Festival

Girard Pumpkin Festival

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Fun events throughout the day including pumpkin chucking, chili cookoff, pumpkin carving and decorating, a car truck and tractor show, vendors, food, and games

For complete details and a list of events, click here to view the official flyer.

Please Help Disaster Relief Efforts

As you know the Route 66 Communities of Williamsville, Elkhart, and unincorporated Logan County were hit by tornados and severe storms this week.

Per Karen Humphres, Office Manager, of the Village of Williamsville, if any of our members would like to make a donation, money is being collected by the Williamsville State Bank & Trust for disaster relief. Household items are being accepted also.

For more information, the village hall phone number is (217)566-3806 or (217)566-3811.

We will be posting information as soon as we receive it form the communities that were affected.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Cathie Stevanovich
President, Route 66 Association of Illinois

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Here's How!

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.