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August 2013

Big Guitars From Memphis

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 7:30pm

The Rooftop Summer Music Series at the Joliet Area Historical Society continues with Big Guitars from Memphis!

Joliet Historical Museum
204 N Ottowa St
Joliet, IL 60432

815-723-5201 ext 222

$10 non-museum members
$8 museum members

Doors open at 6:45 PM
Show begins at 7:30 PM

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Gail’s Pumpkin Patch Opens for the Fall Season

pumpkin patch.jpgGail’s Pumpkin Patch, Beason, IL will be opening for their 8th season on Sunday, September 1, 2013. The pumpkin patch will be open Sunday to Friday from 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM and Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM. The final day of the season is October 31, 2013.

The pumpkin patch has over 60 varieties of pumpkins and gourds, corn, Nate’s honey and donuts, straw, apples, cider, mums, barrel train, toddler maze, baked goods and lots of crafts. It is loaded with fall decorations and fun for the whole family. New this year is Grandpa’s Antique Tractor Porch and Toddler Corner! Free admission and U-Pick or We-pick pumpkins available.

Project Drive-In

Our thanks to David Kibitlewski of Round Lake Beach, IL, for making us aware of this issue that hits close to home and our sense of nostalgia.

Project Drive-In: Help Honda Save an American Icon.

Next year, drive-ins that aren't equipped with digital projectors will no longer be able to show movies. This upgrade could cost a drive-in upwards of $85,000 - an astounding expense for these small business operations. Only 365 drive-ins still exist in America - they're quickly becoming an extinct species whose demise will be hastened if they can't afford to convert their projection equipment to the digital format.

The One Guy Tour Guide

Here Come the Giants!

Tall Paul.jpgWe've got a few of these delightful Gentle Giants along our stretch of the Mother Road - here's a very interesting journal with videos from researchers who have discovered the history and lure of these larger-than-life roadside attractions!

Thanks to John Weiss, our Preservation Chairman, for making us aware of this fun and informative site!

Click to visit American Giants!

Donna and Michael Orlowski Getting Their Kicks on Route 66!

Our sincere thanks to Donna and Michael Orlowski for sharing their own Route 66 story and a terrific photo taken in front of our museum mural in Pontiac, IL!

Michael writes:

We enjoy traveling the Mother road as often as we can and over the years have seen many changes, some good but also some bad especially when one of our Rt.66 friends or attractions is lost. We are hoping to travel the full route in about two more years after I retire. I think it will take us at maybe two months, we like to stop and see everything. Enjoy the road as it is meant to be seen.

Here are Donna and Michael Orlowski getting their kicks on Route 66!

Stop the Cycle of Abuse - Rt 66 Cycling Event/Fundraiser

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 (All day) - Monday, October 21, 2013 (All day)

Travel along historic Rt. 66 in this 6-day, 360-mile, bike ride to raise money for Children's Advocacy Centers of Illinois, serving child sexual and physical abuse victims.

October 16 - Event begins in Hoffman Estates
October 21 - Event ends in St. Louis

6 stages - Riders may choose to participate in one or more stages:

  • Hoffman Estates to Joliet
  • Joliet to Pontiac
  • Pontiac to Bloomington
  • Bloomington to Springfield
  • Springfield to Staunton
  • Staunton to St. Louis, MO

Tony Holly at
Sue Bloch at

Bruno Schustek Memorial Fund

Regular contributors to our website and newsletter (and friends of the Association), Keith Yearman, Joseph D. Kubal, and Maria R. Traska have a request of our readers. They have submitted the following letter for your consideration. Please give the following a read and help their worthy cause if you can.

Dear friend of aviation:

A hero of early aviation lies forgotten in an unmarked grave in Elmhurst, Illinois. We want to change that. Will you help us?

New Category on Our Website!

Young Roadies: You're Never Too Young!


The allure of Route 66 is very much about nostalgia and the history of the Road and the people who live and work along it’s colorful miles. Its future, preservation and continuation as an important part of America, however, depend upon future generations learning and becoming excited about the Mother Road and what she holds for them.

Waldmire Route 66 Design Jackets


These fabulous and fashionable jackets are now available and they're selling like, well, fabulous and fashionable jackets! In fact, the Small and 4X sizes are already sold out (but don't worry - we'll let you know when we get more in stock)!

We do have sizes Medium, Large, XL, ($45) and 2X and 3X ($50) available.

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Available soon!

Bob Waldmire-design windbreakers will be available through our Association just in time for your autumn adventures on Route 66!

Got Content?

EditorWe welcome your Route 66 news, stories, photos and events for publication in our newsletter or on our web site!

Submit it here

Send us your change of address to:
110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL, 61764
or use our handy contact form

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.