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December 2014

Winter 2014

New Cathie image.jpgIllinois green has given way to the autumn red and gold, and now we’re looking out the car windows at the winter grays and brown. The weather hasn’t been too bad, but cold is cold. Personally I hate it when its 4:00 P.M. and looks like midnight. However, each day is one day closer to Spring so we’ll make the best of it. Gives hot chocolate and hot tea its proper due. A jacket, gloves, a scarf, and we’re just about ready for the “off season.”

The Unforgettable Rialto Theater Tour

Submitted by Susanna Karbowski, Grand Rapids MI
Photo credits - Mark Karbowski

When Mark suggested we add a day to our weekend plans with Illinois Route 66 Association board member Jamie Anderson, I jumped at the chance… especially since it was to visit one of my favorite cities, Joliet IL. I love the history of this city, with its unique architecture and Route 66 heritage.

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Route 66 Survivors

By Brian L. Alexander

Fran and I have been quite busy driving up and down Old Route 66 recently. We went back and forth from the Sullivan/Bourbon Area in Missouri to the Chicagoland Area six times in the last five months. One excursion we made it all the way to Tulsa Oklahoma via Route 66. Once we were in a hurry we had to use the Interstate to save time. (I am sorry, no one is perfect!) Someone once said, “You use the Interstate to make good time and you use the old highways to have a good time!”

“Route 66, My Home Away from Home,” by Chester Henry, for Sale

Hall of Fame Inductee, Chester Henry, (1993) has written a book about his experiences as an Illinois State Patrol officer along Route 66 from 1957-1984. His book, entitled, Route 66, My Home Away from Home, is now available for sale and we are helping spread the word about this unique account of the Mother Road during its heyday.

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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.