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December 2009

Go Fly a Kite!

Our thanks to Vince Lindstrom at the Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau for submitting the following information.

This sounds like so much FUN!


Joplin Missouri is in the process of organizing a Route 66 “Fly Over."

Our second annual event is called “KITES OVER ROUTE 66." We are asking communities, along Route 66 to gather groups together and fly kites over The Mother Road on Saturday April 24th. It is our intention over the next 10 years to have enough kites flying over the road to be able to see kites to your left and right during the fly over the fourth Saturday in April all along the 2,400 miles of Route 66.

New Web Site Feature! Route 66 Slideshow

Winter weather in Illinois can be inclement and downright unpleasant for driving - even along Route 66. We here at the Route 66 Association of Illinois would like to help you beat the Wintertime "blahs" by beginning a Cabin Fever busting project here on our web site.

Starting early in 2010 we'll begin a new slideshow feature so you can view photos of Route 66 events and attractions any time you want. So, even if you can't get out and enjoy the Mother Road for yourself, you can enjoy a virtual trip from the warmth of home.

Editor Gina is busy assembling and labeling the slideshows with photos already in our archives.

We invite and encourage anyone with Route 66 photos you'd like to share on the web site to submit them soon so we can incorporate them into the slideshow.

Click to go to our "Submit Content" page to submit your photos.

More details are coming soon about our new Route 66 slideshow. Stay tuned to a computer near you.

His "Feat" Were Made for Walkin'

In an update to a previous story, which you can read by clicking  here, 71-year-old Emery Duick of Des Plaines, IL has accomplished his amazing feat: He has succeeded in WALKING the entire length of Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica, CA! It took him 209 days to make the journey.

According to Journal & Topics Newspaper, he arrived at his destination on the Santa Monica Pier at 11:00 AM today.

Click to read the story in its entirety, "He Made It! DP Man Walks Route 66 In 209 Days" at the Journal & Topics Newspaper Online.

Mr Duick is truly an inspiration!

The Mother Road Rally

Bob Waldmire "Celebration of Life" Planned

This was released from Sue Waldmire, Cozy Dog, via the Route 66 (Ron Warning) website:

The family asked that I let everyone know that there will be a Celebration of Life on Sunday December 20th from 12-2 p.m. at Wilson Park Funeral Home in Rochester, Illinois. In lieu of flowers memorials made be sent to the “Robert Waldmire Trust” and sent to the Rochester State Bank 133 N. John St. Rochester, Illinois, 62563. Thank you for all your prayers and support in our time of need.

RIP Bob Waldmire

Today we sadly report that Route 66 artist and icon, Bob Waldmire, has passed away.

The Springfield Journal Register has the complete story. Click to read, "Route 66 legend Bob Waldmire reaches end of road."

Click to read more about Bob Waldmire.

In this time of sadness, we can hopefully find solace in the fact that Bob knew how beloved he was.

Rest in peace, Friend.

Riviera Roadhouse Re-Opens this Weekend!

Breaking News!

Our thanks to Kathy Miller for the following announcement...

Riviera RoadhouseThe Riviera Roadhouse in Gardner, IL will reopen for business this weekend (December 12 and 13, 2009).  Everyone's favorite waitress Becky who has been serving you for 26 years will be on staff.  Managing and cooking the Riviera is the same cook for the last 29 years. 
They will be open New Year's Ever serving thier famous BBQ Ribs, make your reservation soon!

Think Spring! Motor Tour 2010

Preliminary 2010 Motor Tour Details:

Dates: June 11,12 & 13, 2010

This year we start in Missouri.

This year's theme is: We are family!


Click for complete details and registration form for 2010 Motor Tour!

2010 Motor Tour Missouri - Chicago

2010 Motor Tour Missouri - Chicago

"We Are Family!"

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 11, 12 & 13, 2010

Click for complete 2010 Motor Tour details.

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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.