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Waldmire Route 66 Design Jackets


These fabulous and fashionable jackets are now available and they're selling like, well, fabulous and fashionable jackets! In fact, the Small and 4X sizes are already sold out (but don't worry - we'll let you know when we get more in stock)!

We do have sizes Medium, Large, XL, ($45) and 2X and 3X ($50) available.

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Available soon!

Bob Waldmire-design windbreakers will be available through our Association just in time for your autumn adventures on Route 66!

Marty’s Membership Special

Our membership chairman, Marty Blitstein has an exciting deal for new members:

Join our Association between August 5, 2013 and September 15, 2013 and receive a highly collectable Route 66 Association of Illinois commemorative pin as a bonus!

Marty’s feeling especially generous because this offer runs until his birthday. Marty LOVES new members so let’s give him something extra to celebrate this year!


Offer Details:

  • This offer is extended to NEW individual, family or business memberships only, paid by mail or online.
  • Limit one (1) pin per membership.
  • Renewal memberships are NOT eligible for this offer.
  • Pin is high quality, approximately 1" diameter with a clutch back.

Click to learn all about our Association, membership levels and how to join!

Fossil Hunting on Route 66

By Preservation Chairman, John Weiss

The towns of Braceville and Godley border one of the best areas for fossil hunting in the state. Collectors come from all around the country. This area is famous because it was here that the Tully Monster fossil was discovered. This long extinct creature is named for the man who found it in 1957, Francis Tully. The Tully Monster is also considered to be the official State of Illinois Fossil.

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A Route 66 Stamp is Being Considered by Congress

Our Association is full of people dedicated to doing important and exciting things on behalf of the Mother Road. Grundy County Representative Ike Widner has been in touch with the United States Postal Service about having a Route 66 commemorative postage stamp issued. Here's what Ike's been up to:

Ike writes:

Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame Class of 2013

The Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame recognizes "those people and places along Route 66 whose blend of hardy individualism and grassroots community spirit gave the road such special character."

To qualify for election to the Hall of Fame, nominees must have made significant contributions to the character or history of the Illinois portion of Route 66 from 1926 to 1977 while it was an official United States highway in the State of Illinois.

We are extremely proud to present the very special group of honorees we are inducting into our Hall of Fame on June 8th, 2013 at our annual Hall of Fame Banquet.

Click the links below to read stories about these three 2013 Hall of Fame inductees:

Motor Tour 2013: Back to Our “Routes!”

Here are the details of our 24th Annual Motor Tour!

Motor Tour 2013 - June 7, 8 and 9.

Our annual Motor Tour is slated once again for the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday of June - falling this year on June 7, 8 and 9. The Back to Our “Routes” tour is sure to surprise and delight its participants!

Share Your Bob Waldmire Memories

bob.jpgOur friend and Route 66's, Bob Waldmire, passed away nearly 3 years ago on December 16. As we look back and remember Bob, his unique personality, distinctive artwork and dedication to the Mother Road, we are curious about what your memories of Bob are.

Please do us all the favor of sharing your Bob Waldmire memories here on our website. Simply leave them in the comments section of this post. It will be an incredibly moving and joyful tribute to one of Route 66's fiercest advocates. Thank you in advance for sharing your memories of Bob with all of us!

Wanted: Your Best Recipes!

2nd CookbookCover_0.jpgWe're hungry for your recipes to include in the new edition of the Route 66 Association of Illinois Cookbook! Submit recipes for any type of dish - for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert or snack.

Please help make our 3rd edition cookbook a reality. We’re waiting for your recipes - up to 5 of your personal and family favorites - to deliciously fill the pages of this mouth-watering recipe collection!

We’re willing to tip our hand to encourage you to send us recipes to complete the cookbook... Our new cookbook will include recipes from 3 iconic Illinois Route 66 restaurants:The Pig Hip, Riviera Roadhouse and Ariston Café. Now you can discover the secrets to their delectable specialties!

So sit right down and write up those recipes today! We look forward to receiving your recipes! The sooner you send them in, the sooner we can compile the cookbook and make it available for purchase.

It’s a win-win proposition: You share your delicious recipes with roadies all along Route 66 and they share theirs with you in the pages of the cookbook. Buy a copy for your own kitchen and some for tasteful gifts for friends and family to spread the deliciousness around.

All profits from the sale of our cookbooks will benefit Route 66 Preservation projects throughout Illinois.

Here’s how to get those recipes to us:

Email to: cookylady1215@yahoo.com
Important: Write "Cookbook Recipe" in the Subject line!


Mail to:
Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum
c/o Lori Killacky - Cookbook Recipes
110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL 61764

Motor Tour 2012 Wrap-up (in a Few Words and LOTS of Photos)

Our 2012 Motor Tour - The Funk's Grove Midpoint Tour - took place June 8-10, 2012. It began with a fun Friday night kickoff at the Edwardsville Route 66 Festival. A special event took place after dark on Friday night - a thrilling relighting of the neon signs at the Luna Cafe in Mitchell, IL.

The next morning brought a historic crossing of the Chain of Rocks Bridge by a caravan of very excited Motor Tour participants. The tour progressed northward throughout the day with many exciting stops and events in Hamel, Mt Olive, Litchfield, Springfield and Lincoln.

A Motor Tour Story for 2012

Many thanks to frequent contributor, Josh Friedrich, for writing the following account which invites us to share his family's experiences on Motor Tour 2012.

It was a gorgeous Friday and we began our three day journey along the Main Street of America. This year was going to be extra special because it would be Lizzy’s first Motor Tour. We loaded everyone & everything into the van and hit the road.

Our first destination was Collinsville and to see the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle, a first for us. It was an impressive sight to say the least. We also made a quick stop at Ashman’s Pharmacy to pick up a few Brooks Bottle souvenirs.

Got Content?

EditorWe welcome your Route 66 news, stories, photos and events for publication in our newsletter or on our web site!

Submit it here

Send us your change of address to:
110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL, 61764
or use our handy contact form

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.