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February 2010

Route 66 Mile By Mile

We Bid Farewell to a Dear Friend

Our Association has received the somber news that our dear friend - and a dear friend of Route 66 - Lenore Weiss, passed away this morning.

We received the following notification via Kathy Miller today which we now share:

This message is to inform all who knew and loved Lenore Weiss that she passed away on February 22, 2010. Her battle with cancer is now over.

Lenore Weiss and Bob Waldmire

Joliet Concert for IL Route 66 - Joliet

Joliet Concert for IL Route 66 - Joliet

Ronnie Baker Brooks Plays the Blues

Saturday, February 27, 2010

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Joliet Area Historical Museum / Route 66 Center
Caterpillar Auditorium

My Good Friend Bob Waldmire - A Story and Memorial

Ken Turmel gave us his permission to print the following story he wrote about Route 66 Artist, Icon and Friend, Bob Waldmire. Here is Ken's story in its entirety, as originally published in the National Historic Route 66 Federation Magazine

Greetings Fellow Route 66'ers and those of you who are a personal friend of my dear and close roadie buddy Bob Waldmire. It pains me to be the messenger of most unfortunate news. Bob has passed away this morning on Wednesday, December 16, 2009, at 8:30am. This is a solemn day for me. We will all surely miss him dearly.

So What Is a Motor Tour Anyway?

You've probably noticed that we've mentioned our upcoming Motor Tour with increasing regularity lately. That's because we are very excited about it! Are you wondering exactly what a Motor Tour is? If that's the case, this is the story for you!

Our Motor Tour is an annual three-day event sponsored by the Route 66 Association of Illinois (that's us). Since 1989 the event has been scheduled for the second weekend of June. The Motor Tour provides an opportunity to drive and appreciate the attractions along our stretch of Route 66.

2010 Route 66 Association of Illinois Motor Tour!!!

Route 66 Association of Illinois presents:

WE ARE FAMILY - the 2010 Motor Tour

June 11, 12 & 13, 2010


You may join or leave the tour at any point or time.

Rain or Shine we tour!!!

Sorry – no refunds


June 11th
Friday Night Kickoff
Holiday Inn-Eureka
Registration 5:00-8:00 PM

Stilt Crazy After All These Years


Our thanks to Jim Jones for bringing the following update to our attention.

He's here! Manu Cuadra from France officially began his walk along Route 66 - ON STILTS! - on Friday, April 16 and arrived in Pontiac, IL at our own Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum. He intends to walk - on his stilts - all the way across the Mother Road to its official end on the Santa Monica Pier!

What are you doing for the next two and a half months?

Read more about his amazing journey in the Pontiac, Illinois Community Times article, Route 66 - On Stilts!

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110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL, 61764
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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.