July 2011

Coliseum Ballroom, Benld, IL, Destroyed by Fire

Sad news to report: The Coliseum Ballroom in Benld, IL has been destroyed by fire. The fire began Saturday night, July 30, 2011, while a band performed. The building currently was home to the Macoupin County Antique Mall.

The Coliseum Ballroom was built in 1923 or 1924 and is located on an old alignment of Route 66. During its heyday, the Ballroom hosted many famous musical acts of the 1920s through the 1950s.

Here are some links to sites which have covered this story, and include video and more history of the Coliseum Ballroom:

Route 66 News - Coliseum Ballroom in Benld destroyed by fire

Route 66 Archives and Research Collaborative

The National Park Service is collaborating with archival institutions along historic Route 66 (including the Illinois State Library) to develop the Route 66 Archives and Research Collaborative, or “Route 66 ARC.” The mission of Route 66 ARC is to stimulate the collection and preservation of historical records related to Route 66, and increase their accessibility to the public. The State Library is proud to be one of the ten founding Route 66 ARC institutions. A new website has just been unveiled.

Route 66 Museum Receives Hundreds of Artifacts as Gift

We thank Pontiac Tourism for sharing the following press release with us.

Cathy Stevanovich of the Route 66 Association of Illinois, and Ellie Alexander, Director of Pontiac Tourism jointly announced Friday, July 15th, that a major gift of memorabilia and petroleum industry artifacts was recently accepted for display in the Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum in Pontiac, Illinois. The generous gift was made in memory of Robert Wainwright, a former field representative for ComEd in the Pontiac area. The donation was made by Wainwright’s wife, Elna Winterland Wainwright, formerly of Fairbury and Pontiac, currently residing in Streator.

Route 66? Why not just take the Interstate?

Our thanks to Ed Klein from Route 66 World for bringing this video to our attention. That's Ed himself addressing an audience of 900 folks on the topic, "Route 66? Why not just take the Interstate??"

2011 Association Picnic Announced

picnic_sign.jpgThe Route 66 Association of Illinois will hold their annual picnic on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at Sugar Grove Nature Center.

Our picnic will be held in the picnic shelter at the Nature Center. All are welcome to attend.

The Association will supply food and pop but if you would care to bring a dish to share, that would be appreciated. We ask that you kindly R.S.V.P. with the number who will be attending so we can have an accurate head count for food.

R.S.V.P. to Marty Blitstein
708-444-1312
blitz66@earthlink.net

The Nature Center building contains interpretive exhibits, live animals, a children's discovery area, and wildlife viewing room (as well as indoor restrooms). Other site features include a Corn Crib Prairie Viewing Room, many gardens, and a children's nature play area, Imagination Grove. Visitors can also access five miles of trails from the parking lot.

Click to visit the Sugar Grove Nature Center's website to learn all about this beautiful location and for detailed directions.

2011 Association Picnic Announced

Date: 
Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 11:00am - 6:00pm

picnic_sign.jpgThe Route 66 Association of Illinois will hold their annual picnic on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at Sugar Grove Nature Center.

The Nature Center building contains interpretive exhibits, live animals, a children's discovery area, and wildlife viewing room (as well as indoor restrooms). Other site features include a Corn Crib Prairie Viewing Room, many gardens, and a children's nature play area, Imagination Grove. Visitors can also access five miles of trails from the parking lot.

New Junior Newsletter Editor

Hi, everyone! You already know my work as Editor Gina here on the Route 66 Association of Illinois website. As editor, I take the information, stories and photos I am provided and put them on the site, all pretty and organized, for your enjoyment. I love the website maintenance I do for the Association and I hope you all do, too.

As I have worked for the Association, one thing has been particularly impressed upon me - the deep love of America and the treasures she holds. The travel and tourism the Association promotes is a sure sign that love for America - as well as the Mother Road in particular - is alive and well.

Pontiac Summer Bash

Date: 
Saturday, July 23, 2011 (All day) - Sunday, July 24, 2011 (All day)

Pontiac Summer Bash, Pontiac, IL

Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24, 2011

Click to read the complete event details.

Girard Festival Days 2011

Date: 
Friday, July 29, 2011 - 8:00am - Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 11:30pm

Girard Festival Days 2011

Friday, Saturday and Sunday
July 29, 30 and 31, 2011

Activities to take place all three days of the festival in Girard City Park include:

Exhibits, displays and concessions
Boys Scout, Sports Boosters, Firemen food booths
Girard Methodist Men ice cream social
Girard Township Library Book Fair, Quilt and Craft Show

Friday, July 29

8:00 AM - Girard Township Library Book Fair, Quilt and Craft show

5:00 PM - Midnight - Girard Volunteer Firemen Fish Fry and Beer Garden

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Little Miss and Mister Girard Pageant

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - North Mac Key Club and Girard Community Charity Children’s Games

Girard Pumpkin Festival

Date: 
Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 9:00am - 8:00pm

image002.pngGirard Pumpkin Festival

Saturday, October 8, 2011

North Mac South Campus
525 N Third Street Girard, IL (Old Route 66/Route 4)

Good family fun for all ages!

Admission:
Adults $2.00
Children age 6-10 $1.00
5 & under FREE

Pumpkin Chunkin
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Bring a lawnchair
Air powered, human powered and mechanical powered pumpkin launching
Pre-registration required - contact Mike at 627-2199

Pet and Children’s Halloween Costume Contest
9:00 AM - ?

Children’s games and activities, face painting and hay rack rides

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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.