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April 2010

The President's View - Spring 2010

President Cathie StevanovichI was reading the back of a cereal box the other day - it was about Route 66. The box stated "although thee road has vanished from the maps, it continues to thrive in the hearts of people worldwide." Route 66 has not "vanished," Route 66 is not "gone." It has not been entirely replaced by the "4 lanes." Route 66 is a viable road. It has a few detours but after 83 years who hasn't had a little alteration here or there?

Pontiac Red Carpet Corridor Events Pontiac, IL

Pontiac Red Carpet Corridor Events, Pontiac, IL

The Pontiac Tourism Bureau is proud to announce the major events which are planned for the 4th Annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival, May 1 & 2, 2010.

The Red Carpet Corridor is a 90-mile section of historic Route 66, running from Joliet to Towanda. Each of the 12 communities along the “Mother Road” plans a series of special events to coincide with the festival.

Mother Road Ride Rally

Mother Road Ride Rally

Saturday, June 12, 2010 (Begin rally in Chicago)

Saturday, June 19, 2010 (End rally in Santa Monica)

This is a motorcycle ride down old Route 66. We begin at La Quinta Inn in Willowbrook, Illinois. The ride will go to Chicago to catch the beginning of Route 66 and follow Route 66 to Santa Monica, CA. The ride ends June 19th in Santa Monica, CA where there will be a breakfast and awards. The ride will follow a lot of the old Route 66 and will include riding across the Mississippi River on the Chain of Rocks Bridge, the Ozark Trail, original red brick pavement and the ghost town of Oatman for breakfast. 2010 will be the 16th year for this ride.

Bob Waldmire's Ashes Laid to Rest

In an article from the State Journal-Register, some of Route 66 artist and icon, Bob Waldmire's, ashes are buried alongside his parents in Mottarville Cemetery, south of Rochester, IL.

Click to read the article in its entirety, Bob Waldmire takes one last ride, in the State Journal-Register.

2010 Red Carpet Corridor Festival

2010 Red Carpet Corridor Festival - Joliet, IL - Towanda, IL

Saturday, May 1, 2010 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, May 2, 2010 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Click to read a complete story & get details for this event.


2010 Red Carpet Corridor Festival

2010 Red Carpet Corridor Festival - Joliet, IL - Towanda, IL

Saturday, May 1, 2010 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, May 2, 2010 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Click to read a complete story & get details for this event.


Kites Over Route 66

Kites Over Route 66

Saturday, April 24, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010

Joplin, Missouri will hold a ROUTE 66 KITE FESTIVAL called Kites Over Route 66.
This is an annual event in Joplin the 4th Saturday in April.

At 10 AM CDT they will be flying LOTS of kites along Route 66 through Joplin, MO.

They are inviting all of the towns between Chicago and LA to have a kite fly at that same time. For the Pacific Coast time that would be 8 AM. It is 9 AM Mountain Time and 10 for the Central group.

Cruisin Route 66 Classic Car Festival - Litchfield, IL

Cruisin Route 66 Classic Car Festival - Litchfield, IL

Friday, June 25, 2010

Saturday, June 26, 2010









Click for complete information on the City of Lichfield web site.


Helping Our Heroes Charity Event

Helping Our Heroes Charity Event - Palatine, IL

Sunday, May 23, 2010

9:30 AM

City Limits Harley Davidson, Palatine, IL to Rocky Vander's, Prospect Heights, IL

The Blue Knights, Illinois Chapter XII, is having their annual charity event May 23rd, 2010 benefiting the "Helping Our Heroes" foundation. The event will include raffles, door prizes and a free pig roast for the riders. This ride would make a great group ride for your club and is for a great cause.

Click for more information on this event at the offical web site.

Farewell to Watt Bros. Pharmacy

Thanks to Josh Friedrich for providing the following information to us.

On March 12, 2010, 2001 Hall of Fame honoree Watt Bros. Pharmacy closed its doors on 900 North Grand Avenue (aka Route 66) in Springfield after 49 years. They will be merging with The Medicine Shoppe at 133 North Grand Avenue East. These two businesses are the last two independant pharmacies in Springfield IL.

Click to read the complete article in the State Journal Register.

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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.