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66 Soapbox


Future of Tropics Neon Sign Uncertain

By Route 66 Association of Illinois Treasurer, Marty Blitstein

It has come to the attention of myself and our Association as a whole that the iconic Tropics neon sign, which was supposed to be restored by the city of Lincoln, IL has been discovered to have been poorly placed in a yard waste disposal site in Lincoln, instead of being carefully stored out of the elements while awaiting restoration.


At a meeting of the Lincoln city council committee on Monday, March 23, I implored the committee to do right by this piece of Route 66 memorabilia. Here's an excerpt of my comments:

Please Help Save Historic St. Mary Carmelite Church on Route 66 in Joliet, IL

The following letter was written by Maria R. Traska, independent journalist, policy analyst and blogger. We wanted to bring the situation she mentions to your attention, considering this historic building is along Route 66.

The original plan for the preservation and repurposing of this church (as well as the timeline of its history) was posted last year here on this website in, The Bells of St. Mary’s: Another Rescue in the Making? written by local author and historian, Joseph D. Kubal.

Dear friend of historic preservation:

This Web Site Can Spread Route 66 Enthusiasm Around the World!

Hello, Route 66 Enthusiasts - Editor Gina here with some thoughts about your web site.

It was my privilege and pleasure to attend a general meeting of the Route 66 Association of Illinois Association on July 12. I came with my husband, Scott (the web site administrator), to report on the amazing growth this web site has undergone recently. You all share the credit for that for your loyal and regular submissions of information, events and photos for us to post. We also had our ears open for your feedback about the web site. After all, as Scott said during his presentation, "It's YOUR web site and it should reflect all that this association is."

A letter from a Route 66 Association of Illinois member and co-editor of The 66 News

Editor's note: It was Kathy Miller's passionate opinion on the following subject that inspired the web site team to create this new feature, 66 Soapbox. Here now is the first (of hopefully many!) opinions voiced here about all things Route 66!

Is the Great American Road Trip on Route 66 really that great? Over the past two weeks NBC broadcast a television show called “The Great American Road Trip.” They tout it as “a wholesome show the whole family can watch!” And it is just that, I can say that after watching it I agree, it is a wholesome family show! On the NBC website it says this about the show, “Adventure and competition prevail as seven families begin their journey across America on Route 66, beginning at Chicago's Wrigley Field.”

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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.

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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.