November 2009

What's So Interesting About an Old Road?

In answer to all who wonder why we make such a fuss about Route 66, HowStuffWorks.com offers an insightful explanation of the mystique of the Mother Road. This is a very informative and complete piece that really captures the spirit and the "Who, What, Where, When and Why" of Route 66.

Click to read "What's so special about Route 66?" on HowStuffWorks.com in its entirety.

Local Hero Saves Wilmington Depot

Thanks to Dave & Carol Ingles of Waukesha, Wisconsin for making us aware of this inspiring article. Read what some tenacity and dedication can do to save a landmark: The Wilmington Train Depot.

Click to read this article from the Herald News Online in its entirety.

Bob Waldmire's Last Art Show Publicized

The State Journal Register has published an article about Route 66 artist Bob Waldmire's Last Art Show which will be held at the Cozy Dog Drive In in Springfield, Il on Sunday, November 23, 2009 from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM.

Read the State Journal Register article in its entirety.

League of Illinois Bicyclists

16th Annual Festival of Trees - Bloomington, IL

16th Annual Festival of Trees - Bloomington, IL

4 - day event!

Thursday, November 19 - Sunday, November 22, 2009

9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Interstate Center
2301 West Market Street, Bloomington
West of Rte 55/74 on Rte 9, Exit 160


The Festival of Trees is in its 16th year as a family-centered community event. Proceeds from the festival go toward serving the children and families of The Baby Fold.

New Feature! Printable Route 66 Events List

We've created a printable list of events going on along Route 66 through the end of November, 2009! Print it out and take it with you on the road so you won't miss any of the fun goings-on in the towns along the Mother Road!

Click to print your events list!

The End of the Trail

Yesterday, on her 83rd birthday, Route 66 was designated an official "end." Officially speaking, Route 66 now officially ends at the Santa Monica Pier. A sign was erected marking the "End of the Trail."

Click to watch a short video of the Santa Monica Pier sign unveiling.

Among the festivities at the Santa Monica Pier at the "End of the Trail" dedication was a classic car show.

Click for a slideshow of the classic car show.

Pontiac Murals Featured in Magazine

The Pontiac murals - those amazing works or art created by the Walldogs on buildings around the town of Pontiac, IL - are being featured in the latest edition of Route 66 Federation News.

Click to read the story from The Community Times of Pontiac, IL.

Happy Birthday, Ol' Gal!

...and we're not even talking to Calista Flockhart (actress, Ally McBeal), Demi Moore (movie actress) or even Abigail Adams (former First Lady) who also were born on this date.

We're talking about a lady even closer to our hearts...Route 66! Yes, the Mother Road is celebrating her 83rd birthday today, November 11!

November 11, 1926 was the day Route 66 was established as one of the original U.S. Highways.

Eighty three, huh? You don't look a day over...66!

At least you're a year younger than comedian Jonathan Winters (who was also born November 11)!

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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.

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.