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March 2015

Red Carpet Corridor Festival, 2015

Saturday, May 2, 2015 (All day) - Sunday, May 3, 2015 (All day)

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Update and Reminder from Our Preservation Chairman, John Weiss

Hi Folks,

So much is going on this spring. Lots of work has already been accomplished by so many wonderful volunteers. The Funk I-55 Rest Area is awesome. The Route 66 Museum is ready for visitors. But there is still more to do. So as a reminder, here is the updated list.

April 11th – Odell – 9:30 AM (Rain or Shine)


Ceremony Comemorating 150th Anniversary of the Passage of the Lincoln Funeral Train

Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 7:30pm

On Saturday, May 2, 2015, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the passage of the Lincoln Funeral Train. The American Civil War had just ended on April 9, 1865. The country was about to begin the task of rebuilding when shock struck the nation as our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, was assassinated and died on April 15, 1865. On the night of May 2/3, 1865, the funeral train bearing Lincoln’s body from Washington, D.C., to his hometown of Springfield, Illinois, passed through what today are Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

Red Carpet Corridor Festival Plans in Progress

Our thanks to Pontiac Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, for providing the following press release:

The 9th annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival will run May 2 & 3, 2015. This festival takes place along a 90-mile stretch of historic Route 66 – starting in Joliet in the north and ending at Towanda, Illinois in the south. Along that length of America’s Main Street, there will be scheduled events both days of the festival. Each of the 13 communities along the Mother Road will stage special activities for young and old alike. There will be bake sales, flea markets, car shows, history displays and presentations, contests, dances, live music, great food, and fun for everyone. You can examine the full slate of events by visiting the Red Carpet Corridor’s webpage.

2nd Annual Trunkin’ Treasure Sale to be held in Downtown Pontiac

Saturday, May 2, 2015 (All day) - Sunday, May 3, 2015 (All day)

The highly successful Trunkin’ Treasure sale will be held again during the Red Carpet Corridor Festival and the City of Pontiac is excited to announce that registration for the sale is now open. This sale will take place during the Red Carpet Corridor Festival Saturday, May 2nd from 8am-5pm and Sunday, May 3rd from 8am-3pm. The Trunkin’ Treasure sale is being marketed as part of the Kicks on 66 Sale that is being promoted as part of the Red Carpet Corridor Festival this year.

Residents are invited to load up their car, drive downtown, and sell their treasures. Local non-for-profit organizations and churches are also invited to participate in this event. The sale will be held in the parking lot south of the courthouse and Washington St. will also be blocked off.

2015 Edwardsville, IL Route 66 Festival

Friday, June 12, 2015 (All day) - Saturday, June 13, 2015 (All day)

Edwardsville, IL Route 66 Festival

June 12-June 13, 2015

Come get your kicks on Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13 at the City of Edwardsville's 2015 Route 66 Festival. City Park opens at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 12th and closes at 12:00 a.m.

Saturday’s festivities begin at 8:00 a.m. with a 10K Race and continues on throughout the day with a classic car cruise and car show, family fun zone, food court, art fair, wine and beer tent and more! Festival evenings also include live music and dancing galore. The Edwardsville streets will be rocking with Dr. Zhivegas! Mark your calendar!

Event information can also be found on Facebook “Edwardsville Route 66 Festival, ”Instagram, Twitter and our web site at

Hooker Cut

By Brian L. Alexander

Several years ago Fran and I decided to go on a Route 66 road tour sponsored by The Route 66 Association of Missouri the weekend after Labor Day. Up until that time we had never been farther west on Route 66 than Cuba Missouri. Missouri’s scenery and topography is entirely different than Illinois’ landscape. Illinois being “The Prairie State” is for the most part flat, with large farms growing corn and soybeans, as far as the eye can see. Route 66 in Missouri was built on the Ozark Plateau making it have steep hills and sharp curves.

Drive’n The Dixie

Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 8:00am

This event starts in Blue Island, IL.

Work day at Texaco Gas Station in Dwight, IL

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 9:30am

Contact John Weiss if you plan to volunteer your time and effort - 815-458-6616.

Car Show, Standard Oil Station, Odell, IL

Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

This car show will be held in memory of Route 66 Advocate and Preservationist, Lenore Weiss.

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