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June 2014

2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

The Route 66 Association of Illinois is proud to choose a group of special Route 66 heroes each year for induction to our Hall of Fame. They were inducted in a ceremony held on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Lincoln College in Lincoln, IL.

Read the complete list of our Hall of Fame Inductees, dating back to the beginning, 1990.

The 2014 Hall of Fame inductees include:

Nelch & Son Concrete - Springfield, Illinois

Submitted by John Lucchesi

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Two New Route 66 Books - Get Yours NOW!

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Route 66 in Illinois, a new book by authors Joe Sonderman and Cheryl Eichar Jett, will be released June 9 by Arcadia Publishing. The result of a year's worth of research and travel, the book traces the famous highway from its starting point in Chicago to the Mississippi River. From the book's back cover text: “Between the great cities of Chicago and St. Louis, there are 300 miles of adventure, history, culinary delights, and quirky attractions. This is the Land of Lincoln and roadside giants. There are cozy motels, cozy diners, and Cozy Dogs. Interstate 55 will speed travelers to their destination, but Route 66 offers something more. It goes through the hearts of the towns, wandering onto old brick pavement far from the roar of the interstate. Historic restaurants like Lou Mitchells in Chicago, the Palms Grill in Atlanta, and the Ariston Cafe in Litchfield still keep their coffee pots warm. Waitresses, pump jockeys, gangsters, cops, and politicians all gave the Main Street of America its distinctive personality, and their stories are within these pages.” Over 200 vintage photographs from museums, libraries, historical societies, private collections, and author/collector Joe Sonderman's own collection capture the life and times along the Illinois section of the “Main Street of America.”

It's a Secret - Another Reason to Attend Our Hall of Fame Banquet!

A delicious all-you-can-eat buffet, a celebration of our newest inductees into our Association's Hall of Fame... and now there's ANOTHER reason to attend our Hall of Fame Banquet!

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But it's a SECRET. The only way to find out is to go to Lincoln College, outside the Small Gym at banquet time. You don't need to attend the banquet to experience the surprise but, hey, you'll be there anyway, so why not buy a ticket and join us for an enjoyable evening of Route 66 festivities?

Click for complete details and to download the registration form for banquet tickets.

Saturday, June 14, 2014
Doors open 6:15 PM
Dinner served 7:00 PM

Our Hall of Fame and Museum Celebrates 10th Anniversary!

2014 certainly is a banner year for milestones of our Association! Here's an article submitted by Robert C. Roarty, Ph.D., MLIS, of Pontiac Tourism about our Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum in Pontiac, IL celebrating its 10th Anniversary on June 7!

Route 66 Museum Marks 10 Year Anniversary

better cake.jpgThe Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday, June 7th. The Museum has grown into one of the premier Route 66 heritage stops along the Mother Road. To commemorate this milestone, the Museum will hold a special open house on that day from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. There will be free refreshments and other special offerings during the celebration. All visitors to the museum during the Open House will be invited to register for some Route 66-related door prizes.

According to Jim Jones, the museum’s tour director, “The Route 66 museum has been through an amazing evolution. It started as just an idea brought to the City of Pontiac by Pontiac’s first tourism director, Betty Estes, and is now known throughout the world for the quality and quantity of its displays.”

10th Anniversary Open House at Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame & Museum

Date: 
Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 11:00am - 4:00pm

It's our birthday! Come celebrate our 10th year at an open house at our Hall of Fame and Museum, 110 Howard St, Pontiac, IL!

There will be free refreshments and other special offerings during the celebration. All visitors to the museum during the Open House will be invited to register for some Route 66-related door prizes.

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110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL, 61764
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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.