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March 2014

Hall of Fame and Museum Summer Hours Begin April 1

Come visit our Museum and Hall of Fame!

110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL 61764

Summer hours (April 1 - October 31):
Open 7 days a week!
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Look at our Hall of Fame and Museum page here on our website to learn all about this awesome Route 66 attraction!

Happy 25th Anniversary Wishes from Members Tony and Kathy Melone

The following letter from Association members, Tony and Kathy Melone, comes just in time to celebrate our Association's 25th anniversary and our 25th annual Motor Tour. Thanks to the Melones for such kind and thoughtful words. From one 25th anniversary celebrator to another, Happy Anniversary and many more!

Tony writes:

My wife Kathy and I are kind of new members, going on four years. We have been on the Motor Tour the past three years and are still amazed at our “Hidden Treasure,” Route 66 in Illinois.

We are lucky to have an old 55 Buick Super that we take on the road often, and we are looking forward to this year’s 25th anniversary of the organization. It happens to be our own 25th year wedding anniversary this year.

A Trip of a Lifetime

By Edward Johnson

I don't know exactly when the idea struck me of taking Route 66 all the way to California and back. I do know it was there in my mind long before I ever got an anitque vehicle and joined the McLean County Antique Auto Club or joined the Route 66 Association of Illinois. At some point it turned into the idea of a group trip to celebrate the car club's 50th anniversary in 2013. I started talking about it at the monthly meetings over two years in advance to give anyone interested in going along plenty of time to get themselves and their vehicle ready.

I put together a proposed itinerary of places to see and places to stay along the way and a group of interested members had our first meeting in February of 2012. The start-off date was settled on for September 15th, 2013. The plan was to travel no more than 200 miles a day if possible and stop anywhere and see anything that was of interest to us. Through several meetings there were some changes made to the plan as stops were added or dropped or evening stops were changed.

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The Vermillion Players Present, "And the Winner Is . . ."

Date: 
Sunday, June 15, 2014 (All day)

And the Winner Is . . . will be presented by the Players from June 12 through June 15. The production celebrates the 50 years of Vermillion Players by recalling some of the best moments from its half-century of summer theatre productions. The show is written and directed by Julie Peterson.

To learn about additional performances, please contact Pontiac Tourism at (815) 844-5847.

The Vermillion Players Present, "And the Winner Is . . ."

Date: 
Saturday, June 14, 2014 (All day)

And the Winner Is . . . will be presented by the Players from June 12 through June 15. The production celebrates the 50 years of Vermillion Players by recalling some of the best moments from its half-century of summer theatre productions. The show is written and directed by Julie Peterson.

To learn about additional performances, please contact Pontiac Tourism at (815) 844-5847.

The Vermillion Players Present, "And the Winner Is . . ."

Date: 
Friday, June 13, 2014 (All day)

And the Winner Is . . . will be presented by the Players from June 12 through June 15. The production celebrates the 50 years of Vermillion Players by recalling some of the best moments from its half-century of summer theatre productions. The show is written and directed by Julie Peterson.

To learn about additional performances, please contact Pontiac Tourism at (815) 844-5847.

The Vermillion Players Present, "And the Winner Is . . ."

Date: 
Thursday, June 12, 2014 (All day)

And the Winner Is . . . will be presented by the Players from June 12 through June 15. The production celebrates the 50 years of Vermillion Players by recalling some of the best moments from its half-century of summer theatre productions. The show is written and directed by Julie Peterson.

To learn about additional performances, please contact Pontiac Tourism at (815) 844-5847.

The Vermillion Players Present, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"

Date: 
Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 7:30pm

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, directed by Anthony Gullo. Performances will be at 7:30 PM at the Chautauqua Park Pavilion on May 8 through May 11.

To learn about additional performances please contact Pontiac Tourism at (815) 844-5847.

The Vermillion Players Present, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"

Date: 
Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 7:30pm

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, directed by Anthony Gullo. Performances will be at 7:30 PM at the Chautauqua Park Pavilion on May 8 through May 11.

To learn about additional performances please contact Pontiac Tourism at (815) 844-5847.

The Vermillion Players Present, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"

Date: 
Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 7:30pm

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, directed by Anthony Gullo. Performances will be at 7:30 PM at the Chautauqua Park Pavilion on May 8 through May 11.

To learn about additional performances please contact Pontiac Tourism at (815) 844-5847.

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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.