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July 2010

A Sign of the Times

The Route 66 Association of Illinois is proud  to announce a new item to be on display soon at our Museum and Hall of Fame.

Closeup of wood 66 sign from Earl CheeseThe item is a vintage Route 66 road sign constructed of wood. It is believed that the sign may have been made during the 1940s during WWII as an alternative to a metal sign because metal was appropriated for use in the war effort. Another thought about the sign's origin is that it is made of wood because it was a temporary sign used to mark where Route 66 was bypassed during construction of the interstate.

How did we get so fortunate as to have the opportunity to display this sign?

The sign is generously on loan to our Museum and Hall of Fame from Earl Cheese of Lemont, Illinois. Earl tells us the sign was taken down at the intersection of I-55 and Pipeline Road in Bloomington, IL on February 20, 1977. (That's the same year Route 66 was decommissioned.)

While the sign is is great condition, like all of us, it shows some signs of age and wear.

1000 Facebook Fans!

We made it!

It happened just this morning - our 1000th Fan "Liked" our Facebook page!

Oh, and check out who Fan #1000 was by clicking on our Facebook page at this link:

Have you seen our Fan Page? It's a fun and interactive place to discuss your passion for the Mother Road with other Roadies.

To visit our Association Facebook Fan page, click the link above or the Facebook icon in our left sidebar.

"Like" us and help get us to our second thousand!

Route 66 Association of Illinois Annual Elections

Route 66 Association of Illinois Annual Elections

The Nominating Committee announces the slate of candidates to run in the annual election. The election will be held at the Annual Fall Meeting on October 17, 2010 in Pontiac, IL during the general meeting.

The final deadline for nominations is August 22, 2010. All nominations must be submitted in writing or by email.

When submitting a nomination by email send it to the nominating committee secretary at Put "Election Nomination" in the subject line.

Written nominations can be submitted to Kathy Miller at the association picnic on August 22, in Godley, IL.

All nominations will be closed after August 22, 2010 at 7:00pm

The President's View - Summer 2010

Happy Spring! Rainy, sunny, windy, it's a real season! The grass is getting greener and the bushes and flowers are starting to  bloom. With spring comes Road Trips! We've just finished the very successful Red Carpet corridor weekend. At the museum in Pontiac we had over 800 people visit during this event. We did free photos of anyone who wanted to pose with the world's largest Route 66 shield (the back of the museum). A big thank you to Cyle and Ryan Blitstein for their help with the photos on Saturday and Johnny Miller for his photo expertise on Sunday.

A Wedding in Search of a Bride and Groom

Our thanks to Pam Monson who sent the following message to our website contact form at

I wonder if you can help with something. (I'm already working on next year's Red Carpet Corridor event.)

The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce would like to host a Route 66 Wedding during the 2011 Red Carpet Corridor. We have a beautiful new gazebo in the park on Route 66 at our downtown intersection, we have an Elvis impersonator who can conduct a legal wedding ceremony; all we need is a bride and groom.

Preserving the Memory of a Dedicated Preservationist

On July 3, 2010, the Preservation committee held a very special picinc at the Standard Oil Station in Odell, IL in honor of a very special lady, Lenore Weiss.

Lenore WeissLenore was a dear friend of Route 66 in general, our Association in particular and of many of our members. She passed away earlier this year and in her honor, the Preservation committee decided that a memorial to her dedication to Route 66 was in order.

After a tasty picnic lunch consisting of burgers, hot dogs and an assortment of side dishes and desserts contributed by the atendees, a brief ceremony was held. In Lenore's honor, a pear tree was planted on the property of this, our Association's flagship preservation project, the Odell Standard Oil Station. Lenore rolled up her sleeves along with the other preservationists to bring this treasure of the Mother Road back to its former glory. That's why this particular location for the picnic and dedication was so fitting to her memory.

Motor Tour 2010: Through the eyes of the younger set

Our annual Association Motor Tour took place June 11-13, 2010. In the spirit of this year's motto: We Are Family, many participants took the opportunity to make the Motor Tour a family outing and create memories with their children. One family - the Blitsteins from Orland Park, IL - took their daughter and son on the Motor Tour this year. The kids took lots of photos and even reported on the fun they had - in their own words!

Here's what these Junior Members of our Association had to say about their experiences along the Mother Road:  

Craft and Import Beer Tasting on the Rooftop - Joliet, IL

Craft and Import Beer Tasting on the Rooftop - Joliet, IL

Presented by the Joliet Area Historical Museum and Route 66 Visitor Center.

Joliet Area Historical Museum
204 Ottawa St. Joliet, IL

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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.