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December 2010

Strevell House Restoration Progress

The following press release was provided by Ellie Alexander, Tourism Director of Pontiac, IL.

Restoration of the historic Strevell House in Pontiac, IL is making tremendous progress!
The Strevell House is the only remaining building in Livingston County where Abraham Lincoln was known to spent time.

Here's what's new:

Click to read Strevell House Restoration Progresses in its entirety.

Pontiac Scores Another Museum!

We are proud to bring this story to your attention as it pertains to the town that is home to our Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum, Pontiac, IL.

According to a story in the Chicago Sun-Times, a Pontiac Automobile Museum is slated to open in the town in July of 2011.

Click to read this touching and inspiring story of a man, his love of travel, of cars in general and of Pontiacs in particular.

Reflections On Lives Lived Along Route 66

This charming reflection was written and submitted to our website by Association Member, Bob Jenkins. Thank you, Bob, for sharing your memories of the Mother Road with us. Thanks to you, we proudly present this slice of Route 66 life and connection for our readers' enjoyment.

My mother was born in Odell, Illinois during the latter part of the century before last. The family then moved to Pontiac where she and her brothers and sister were raised. After her long life I sprinkled her ashes in the Vermillion River.

Help Name Joliet's New Team!

Your help is requested in naming the new team who will play baseball at Joliet's Silver Cross Field.

Silver Cross Field will be members of the Frontier League, the oldest continuously operating independent league in professional baseball entering its 19th season in 2011.

Every person who submits a suggestion for the name of the team will be entered in a drawing for one of 66 prizes!

For complete details, click to read Silver Cross Field's website.

Route 66 World

A Gift to Our Readers

Snowman w/ giftAt this gift-giving time of year, we would like to direct your attention to our online gift shop. We offer many unique gifts for the Route 66 enthusiasts on your shopping list.

One of our favorite items in our gift shop is the, Recipes Along Route 66 Cookbook. It's chock-full of delicious dishes from the Mother Road's finest cooks.

As our gift to you, we would like to present a bonus recipe, not included in Recipes Along Route 66.

Click to visit our online gift shop to view the special selection of items we offer.

Happy shopping - and cooking!

Cycling Across Route 66

In a recent press release, Adventure Cycling Association announces:

Get Your Bike Travel Fix on Route 66

Adventure Cycling's planned 2,400-mile bicycle-friendly route will revitalize the "Main Street of America" - this time with touring cyclists.

Missoula, Montana - Adventure Cycling Association today announced that its next long-distance cycling route will be Bicycle Route 66. Embracing the spirit of "The Mother Road," the new route will follow the famous corridor from Chicago to Los Angeles on roads appropriate for cyclists and, when possible, on sections of the historic highway.

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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.