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January 2014

Motor Tour 2014 - 25 Years of Touring the Mother Road in Illinois!

Friday, June 13, 2014 (All day) - Sunday, June 15, 2014 (All day)

Our 25th Annual Motor Tour is rolling along!

This year, we'll be kicking things off in Edwardsville, IL at 5:00 PM on Friday, June 13!

Click for for information on Motor Tour 2014 and watch this site for the latest updates.

Pontiac Tourism Releases 2013 Numbers

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander for giving us the scoop on 2013 Pontiac Tourism statistics. It's clear that tourism is on the rise!

The Pontiac Office of Tourism has released the visitor count for the 2013 calendar year. For the fourth year in a row, tourism numbers rose. The most significant increase was in the number of international visitors and tour groups. International visitors increased by slightly more than 23%, while group tours grew nearly 27%.

Chinese Reality Show Filmed in Pontiac

Thanks to Pontiac Director of Tourism, Ellie Alexander, for bringing the following video, filmed in Pontiac in September, 2013, for a Chinese reality show, to our attention.

Click this link to see this video. It's in Chinese but you'll recognize the sites!

It's an opportunity to see Route 66 through fresh and enthusiastic eyes!

Red Carpet Corridor Prepares for 8Th Annual Festival

Thanks to Pontiac, Illinois, Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, for providing the following press release to get us "thinking spring!"

The 13 communities situated along historic Route 66 between Joliet and Towanda, Illinois, are already deep into the process of planning the 2014 Red Carpet Corridor Festival. This year’s event will be held on May 3rd and May 4th in each of the towns. The tradition of each town offering its own unique set of events for the festival will continue, and planned events include car and motorcycle shows, cook-offs, art displays, live musical performances, retail shopping specials, contests, cruises, fun runs, and antique, collectible merchandise. Many communities will have yard sales, garage sales, and flea markets to satisfy the shopping needs of most people. To assist festival-goers in finding the best shopping bargains, the Red Carpet Corridor committee recently announced a new partnership with Kicks on 66 Sale is a multi-municipal destination shopping event which will run concurrently with the Red Carpet Corridor Festival along the 90-mile corridor of Route 66 that runs from Joliet to Towanda.

Deanos Rt 66 Motorcycle Trip

The following travelogue was submitted through our website submission form by enthusiastic Route 66 Traveler, Dean Radford. Thanks, Dean, for sharing your adventure!

While visiting my brother in MI, I met Dan Rice who provided info on Rt 66. So I decided to head out from Flint, MI on my 1300 V Star motorcycle to Chicago shoreline and ride a portion of 66.

Four weeks later I arrived home in Ft Lauderdale after making it to Santa Monica, then U.S 10 - 6K miles. I met special people and had wonderful experiences in Pontiac IL, Commerce and Claremore. Special time in Seligman meeting Angel and the guys at Canyon Inn. Country Manor in Dwight was a nice dining experience. TRIP OF A LIFETIME for recently retired senior!

Logan County Tourism Bureau Update

Our thanks to the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County for providing an update on their preparations for the 2014 tourist season, excerpted below:

Inquiries about tours for the 2014 tourist season have already begun. “One exciting aspect of tours during the coming year will be the April 26 opening of the new Lincoln Heritage Museum at Lincoln College,” the bureau’s interim executive director, Nancy Saul said. “The museum has already been named one of the top 30 college museums in the world, and that was before it was moved to its new expanded location and all of the displays were updated with the latest technology.”

Route 66 Reinterpreted Contest 2014!

This is an exciting, creative endeavor that celebrates Route 66 is a visual way. According to a press release from Atlanta, IL:

In celebration of Rt. 66 and all it stands for, Atlanta, Illinois— located Midway on the Mother Road between Chicago and St. Louis—announces the Second Annual “Rt. 66 Reinterpreted” Art Project.

Click to read the press release in its entirety which explains the contest and provides information on its guidelines and how to enter.

Click to see last year's five winning submissions to the Route 66 Reinterpreted Contest.

Andy Granatelli, Hall of Famer and Auto Racing Figure, Dies

We are sad to report that Andy Granatelli, a major auto racing figure and CEO of STP passed away on December 29, 2013 at the age of 90 of congestive heart failure.

Mr Granatelli was inducted into our Association Hall of Fame in 2003. On that occasion, then-president of the Route 66Association of Illinois, Tom Teague wrote the following, which was printed in the Summer, 2003 issue of The 66 News, our quarterly, members-only newsletter. The original follows and is transcribed for easier reading below:

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Andy Granatelli

Nominated by Tom Teague

Former Mayor of Odell, Ed Seal, Has Passed Away

Our thanks to Preservation Chairman, John Weiss, for passing along the following information:

Ed Seal, past mayor of Odell, IL and an active preservation member has passed away. If it wasn't for all the efforts of Ed when he was mayor of Odell, the station project may not have been possible. The Route 66 Association Preservation Committee is very thankful for all that he has done.

Services for Ed will be held at the Duffy Funeral Home in Odell at 315 E. Vermillion on Saturday, January 18th from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Burial will follow at the Odell Union Cemetery. For information call 815-998-2143.

Annual Association Picnic 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 10:30am - 4:00pm

picnic sign.jpgAll are cordially invited to attend our annual Association picnic.

It will again be held at Sugar Grove Nature Center in Funk's Grove, IL
4532 N 725 East Road, McLean, IL 61254 (right off Route 66)

Map to this location

  • Our picnic is free of charge; the Association provides all food and soft drinks.
  • Feel free to bring a dish to share if yuo'd like.

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Highway GuideWatch Route 66 evolve into The Mother Road  with maps and highway guides from 1917-1992 courtesty of the official Illinois Digital Archives.