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Hall of Famer

Frank Thomas Sheets - 2008


Mr. Sheets was born in Ohio on October 5, 1890, but his family moved to Springfield, Illinois, so that his father, Edgar could take a job as Superintendent in the Illinois State Highway Department. Frank Sheets also joined the Highway Department at the age of 17 as a clerk. He started his studies in highway engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1911, and then returned to the Highway Department upon his graduation in 1914. By 1916 he was the Assistant Maintenance Engineer of the Highway Bureau of Maintenance.

Leroy and Pauline Curtiss - 2008


Back in the 1940’s Leroy worked at Martin Oil Company, 401 Ladd St. (corner of Rt. 116 and Ladd St. or Rt. 66) where you
would receive premium gifts, various pieces of glassware, which drew customers to this location from near and far. There were a total of 7 pumps in 2 rows supplying regular ethyl white gas (10 cents a gallon). They pumped their motor oil into glass tubes and supplied kerosene. You could purchase a pack of cigarettes for 10 cents with a gasoline purchase.

The World's Largest Brooks Catsup Bottle - 2008


The World’s Largest Brooks Catsup Bottle – Since 1949

Businessmen raised $5,000 and created the Collinsville Canning and packing Co. The plant struggled and went through a few different owners/operators until 1908 when the Brooks brothers took over. They operated under the name of Triumph Catsup and Pickle Company. In 1920, the brothers sold out to American Cone and Pretzel Company, and in 1933 the G.S. Suppiger Company purchased the plant. The catsup factory had great success in those years, surviving the Great Depression and growing by leaps and bounds through the 1940’s. They retained the Brooks label because it had acquired such an excellent reputation.

Cozy Dog Drive-In Restaurant

Home of the Cozy Dog (a delicious hot dog on a stick) that was created by proprietor Ed Waldmire Jr. in the 1940s.  The delicacy is still made daily by the Waldmire family - Monday through Saturday. 

As you enjoy a cozy dog, you can check out the restaurant walls which are lined with Route 66 history.


Cozy Dog Drive-In Restaurant
2935 S. Sixth St.
Springfield, IL 62703
United States
39° 45' 45.9828" N, 89° 38' 53.9736" W

Launching Pad Drive In

The Launching Pad Drive-In opened in 1960 as a Dari Delite. Originally the establishment sold only hot dogs and ice cream but today the menu has expanded. Launching Pad is the home of the Gemini Giant, who has welcomed Route 66 travelers since the 1950's! It's a must to have your photo taken with the Giant! In 2000, the Launching Pad Drive-In was inducted into the Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame.


Launching Pad Drive-In
810 E Baltimore
Wilmington, IL, IL 60481
United States
41° 18' 36.7308" N, 88° 8' 21.0876" W

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