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February 2014

World's Largest Covered Wagon to be Repaired Following January Wind Damage

Our thanks to Nancy Saul, Interim Director of Logan County Tourism Bureau for providing the following press release.

LINCOLN – The World’s Largest Covered Wagon will soon stand straight and tall again on Old Route 66 for the entire world to see.

On January 26, a storm rolled through Lincoln, carrying wind gusts of up to 50 miles an hour.

The storm pushed the monstrous wagon askew, breaking the front and back wheels on the driver’s side and leaving the roadside attraction tilted at a 45 degree angle. The wagon cover was also ripped from its mountings and destroyed.

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Nova Soul Performs at Joliet Area Historical Museum

Date: 
Friday, March 14, 2014 - 7:30pm

Joliet Area Historical Museum Concert Series Presents
Nova Soul
March 14, 2014
7:30 PM

Joliet Area Historical Museum
204 N Ottowa
Joliet, IL 60432

Admission
$10 General Public
$8 Museum Members & Students

Purchase tickets
www.jolietmusuem.org
815-723-5201 ext.222

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Pontiac Tourism Preview Get-Together

Date: 
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 5:15pm

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Congratulations, Three Roses Bed and Breakfast!

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, to providing the following press release about one of our Association Business members, Three Roses Bed and Breakfast.

Three Roses Bed and Breakfast Wins 2013 BnBFinder Guest Favorite Award
--Guests Gave Pontiac, IL, Bed and Breakfast High Marks for Delicious Breakfasts and Comfortable Beds--

Strevell House Update

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, for providing the following update on the historic Strevell House.

With thousands of volunteer man-hours and generous donations, the Livingston County Historical Society is slowly working towards its goal of preserving the Jason W. Strevell house in Pontiac, Illinois. The Strevell home is the last existing structure in the county known to have hosted the nation’s 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. According to the Livingston Historical Society president, Bob Sear, saving this home is one of the most important current projects of the historical society.

Pontiac Charm Trail Adds New Charms

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, for providing the following press release for your souvenir-shopping enjoyment.

The Pontiac Charm Trail has added several new charms to its collection, two with a particularly local flair. The Charm Trail is a promotional project coordinated by the Pontiac Office of Tourism. Local merchants, museums, and restaurants have joined together to offer locals and visitors alike a unique way to tour the shops of downtown Pontiac. Each participating establishment has for sale one or more pewter charms. People on the Charm Trail can purchase a charm bracelet and then spend the day shopping and filling the bracelet with charms. Bracelets are economically priced at $10 each, and each of the charms is priced at $3.

World Monuments Fund Recognizes Route 66's Significance

The World Monuments Fund recognizes Route 66's significance to American history, its cultural impact and its tourism potential.

Click to read their recent press release about a very important strategic roundtable, held in November, 2013 concerning The Mother Road.

Preservation Meeting

Preservation Committee Chairman, John Weiss, has provided the following information about a Preservation meeting to be held:

Saturday, March 22, 2014
7:00 PM

Route 66 Family Restaurant
105 S Old Route 66
Dwight, IL 60420

Greetings Everybody,

Let’s get together for a fun meeting about our favorite subject, Preservation. So much has been accomplished since the Preservation Committee was formed in 1996. However our efforts and concerns are not finished. We have a lot to discuss and do.
Come and renew your friendships with like-minded people. Even if you are unable to participate in current projects at this time, that doesn’t mean we don’t want to see you. We do!

Odell Gas Station Clean Up Day

Date: 
Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 10:00am

There is a lot to do this year, your help is needed.

Preservation Meeting

Date: 
Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 7:00pm

Route 66 Family Restaurant
105 S Old Route 66
Dwight, IL 60420

Greetings Everybody,

Let’s get together for a fun meeting about our favorite subject, Preservation. So much has been accomplished since the Preservation Committee was formed in 1996. However our efforts and concerns are not finished. We have a lot to discuss and do.

Come and renew your friendships with like-minded people. Even if you are unable to participate in current projects at this time, that doesn’t mean we don’t want to see you. We do!

The meeting begins at 7 pm but I strongly suggest that you arrive at 6 pm and have something to eat. The food at this restaurant is outstanding.

If you have any questions you can call me at 815-458-6616.

John Weiss

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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.