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June 2010

Donate for Route 66 Brochure

The Route 66 Associiation of Illinois is asking for your financial assistance to create a brochure highlighting the many Route 66 attractions and preservation projects in Illinois.

Click here to visit the webpage which describes the project and how you can help make the brochure a reality.


Route 66 Gets Its Kicks in Pontiac, Illinois

We thank John Weiss for providing the following press release.

Pontiac's Department of Tourism teams up with Vincent Video.

Lincoln in Bloomington Festival - Bloomington, IL

Lincoln in Bloomington Festival - Bloomington, IL

Saturday, July 31, 2010

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The McLean County Museum of History, David Davis Mansion, Burr House and Vrooman Mansion, and other sites will host Civil War re-enactors, traditional craft demonstrations, children’s activities, musical performances, talks and tours. The Museum will feature a lecture on Lincoln and the 8th Circuit with Guy Fraker and Greg Koos will give a Lincoln in Bloomington downtown walking tour. Lincoln re-enactor, George Buss, will be featured at the Davis Mansion.

Riviera Destroyed by Fire


We are saddened to report that the Riviera Roadhouse in Gardner, IL has fallen victim to fire this evening.

At this time we have no further details to report but rest assured that we will keep you up to date as we hear more about this tragic event.


Our friends at the Route 66 News have an in-depth, detailed account of the fire at the Riviera Roadhouse. Thanks to Jim Jones for providing us with this information.

Click to read the complete account on the Route 66 News.

Click to view photos of the fire at the Riviera from the Free Press Advocate's Facebook page.

2010 Motor Tour Bling is the Thing!

We thought you'd like a sneak peek at the official dash plaque and decal that will be distributed to Motor Tour participants:

2010 Motor Tour Dash Plaque

2010 Motor Tour Decal

Get yours when you register for our 2010 We Are Family Motor Tour, June 11-13, 2010!

How About a Tour of a Historic Sears Home?

We at the Route 66 Association of Illinois have been offered the opportunity to have a guided tour of a historic Sears Home in Carlinville, IL!

The homeowner has graciously offered to host a free tour of her home to a group organized by our Association.

We would love to make this happen sooner rather than later. How about during the Motor Tour coming up next weekend?

Jerry Law is waiting for your call expressing your interest in this tour! The best tour group would number around 20, so let's ring his phone off the hook in favor of this interesting and historic activity!

Contact Jerry Law today! (618) 251-4892 Email:

Photo via Carlinville Chamber of Commerce.

Project Route 66 to Perform Close of Motor Tour!


We are thrilled to announce that the country band, Project Route 66, has kindly and generously agreed to perform a free concert at the close of our 2010 Motor Tour! The concert will be held at the Dixie Truck Stop in McLean, IL, the final stop of our Motor Tour, on Sunday, June 13 from 4:30 - 5:30, weather permitting.

Project Route 66 is a group of musicians who are dedicated, as are we, to the preservation and enjoyment of the Mother Road.

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Pontiac, IL, 61764
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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.