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December 2013

Josh and Wendy Friedrich Enjoy the Relighting of the Vic Suhling Sign

Our destination was Litchfield, IL for the relighting ceremony of the Vic Suhling Gas For Less sign located in front of the Litchfield Route 66 Welcome Center and Museum. The sign had been dark for 40 years. It was a bit windy but the sky was a beautiful blue with a few white clouds.

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Winter 2013

New Cathie image_2_0.jpgFall colors have faded and cold winds are moving in and inevitably, snow. It’s time to reflect back on the past year, and to look forward to new endevors and new activities along the Mother Road in 2014. I am always surprised at the number of letters and emails we receive from people who want to come here and “live our lives.” I’ve heard from four different groups of people who came this past year as part of an International bus tour that they are returning this coming spring – on motorcycles!

Pontiac has installed special lights behind the museum for night picture- taking.

Bill Shea of Springfield Passes Away

We're sad to report that Bill Shea, of Shea's Gas Station Museum, World War II veteran and a great storyteller, has passed away.


Funeral arrangements have been finalized as follows:

Visitation will be at Kirlin Egan and Butler on Wednesday, December 18 from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM.

Funeral will be on Thursday, December 19 at 1:00 at Butler as well will burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Villa Angela, 715 N. 4th St. Springfield IL 62702.

Winter Quarterly Meeting

Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 10:00am

Meeting details:

Pontiac City Hall Annex
115 W. Howard, Pontiac, IL

10:00 AM - Board meeting
1:00 PM - General Meeting
There will be a speaker at 2:30.

All are invited to attend.

Spring Quarterly Meeting

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 10:00am

Please note the NEW date of this meeting is April 13!

10:00 AM - Board meeting
1:00 PM - General Meeting
All are invited to attend.

Our Spring Meeting will be held at "The Other Place" in Hamel, IL (formerly the Inn Keeper Restaurant).

9180 State Rt 140
Hamel, IL 62097


Summer Quarterly Meeting

Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 10:00am

Silver Dollar Restaurant
422 E Mississippi Ave
Elwood, IL 60421

10:00 AM - Board meeting
12:00 Lunch (on your own)
1:00 PM - General Meeting

All are invited to attend!

Fall Quarterly Meeting

Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 10:00am

Pontiac City Hall Annex
115 W. Howard
Pontiac, IL 61764

10:00 AM - Board meeting
12:00 PM - Lunch on your own
1:00 PM - General Meeting - Annual elections will be held during this meeting.

All are invited to attend.

Motor Tour 2014: Our 25th!

Our 25th Annual Motor Tour is coming June 13 - 15, 2014 (Father’s Day weekend)! We’re looking forward to an extra-special celebration along Route 66.


This year, the tour starts south and will include an opportunity to cross the historic Chain of Rocks Bridge at the beginning of the tour!

Wondering what a Motor Tour is? Read a complete description in, So What Is a Motor Tour Anyway? We’re sure you’ll be inspired to join us for family fun and nostalgia along our Illinois section of America's Main Street, where Route 66 begins!

We hope you’ll save the dates and join us for a fun weekend touring the Mother Road! Plans are being made and details decided by our Motor Tour committee as we speak. Further updates and your chance to register to participate are coming soon.

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