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Hall of Famer

Clean-up Day at the Mill in Lincoln, IL

Our thanks to Geoff Ladd, Logan County Representative and chairman of the Rt. 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County, for making us aware of this announcement from the Rt. 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County:

The Mill on 66 in Lincoln IL Fall Clean-Up Day This Wednesday
Volunteers Welcome, Open for Tours!

The public is welcome to stop by The Mill on Route 66 this Wednesday, September 18th from 1pm-6pm during the fall clean-up day at the old historic restaurant located at 738 S. Washington in Lincoln, IL. Stop by and lend a hand or visit with Rt. 66 Heritage Foundation members and volunteers who remain dedicated to Saving The Mill. Tours will also be available of the landmark.


2013 Hall of Fame Inductee, Wilbur Fawns Sr. Family, Service Stations, Williamsville, IL and Sherman, IL

By Josh Friedrich

Wilbur Fawns Sr.’s working relationship with U.S. 66 began in 1937 at the age of 29 when he started working at Charles Sutton’s Garage at 141 W. Main St./Route 66 in Williamsville, Illinois as an auto mechanic. In 1943, when Mr. Sutton auctioned his equipment and enlisted in the Air Force, Wilbur took over the garage. During this time, Wilbur's sons Bill (age 14), Wilbur, Jr.(age 12) and George (age 10), began helping their father by learning to pump gas, change oil, and lube bearings.

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Wilbur Fawns, Sr. at Standard Station

2013 Hall of Fame Inductee, George B. Cathcart, Cathcart’s Café, Edwardsville, IL

“Known from Coast to Coast”
Now Known as Illinois Hall of Fame Member
By Cheryl Eichar Jett

George B. Cathcart arrived in Edwardsville, Illinois, in 1921 at the age of 39, with a strong work ethic, two decades' worth of coal mining experience, and his wife, Clara. By the time he died in 1952, Cathcart had helped to save the path of Route 66 through Edwardsville's business district and built a restaurant business that anchored the community's Route 66 trade while also serving its many local customers.

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2013 Hall of Fame Inductee, The Palms Grill Café, Atlanta, IL

Information for this article provided by Bill Thomas.

The Palms Grill was opened in 1934 and declared it was, "in the center of Atlanta on U.S. Route 66. Dancing Every Night. Special Chicken and Steak Dinners. We Specialize in Club Parties.”

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The original owner, Robert Adams, was a native of Atlanta who had moved to Los Angeles, California. It was decorated to resemble an eatery near where Adams lived in
California. Ray Thompson of Atlanta had been hired to oversee the restaurant and hire and oversee managers for the absent owner.

Motor Tour 2013 Official Press Release

The Route 66 Association of Illinois is proud to announce the newly-elected 2013 members of the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame.

This year there were 17 nominations for the Hall of Fame Committee to consider for this prestigious honor. Every year nominations are accepted for those people, businesses, and destinations that meet the criteria of having made significant contributions to the character or history of the Illinois portion of Route 66.

The newest members to be inducted at the Hall of Fame banquet on Saturday, June 8th, in Lincoln, Illinois will be: The Palms Grill, Atlanta, George B. Cathcart, Edwardsville, and the Wilbur Fawns, Sr. Family, of Williamsville and Sherman.

R.I.P. Margaret C. Kraft

We are saddened to report the following news:

Margaret C. ("Peggy") Kraft, 89 of Manteno, formerly of Gardner, passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at Miller Healthcare Center in Kankakee. She was born October 26, 1923 in Valparaiso, IN the daughter of Charles L. & Grace Cain Leffew. She married Robert L. Kraft in 1971. Margaret and Robert owned and operated the Riviera Restaurant in Gardner for 37 years. They were also members of the Route 66 Hall of Fame.

ANNOUNCING...The Big Announcement!

Hare it is - the big announcement we've promised! We "hop" you've enjoyed our little tease over the past few days.

We teamed up with Rich Henry of our Hall of Fame inductee, Henry's Ra66it Ranch, in Staunton, IL, to help him raise awareness of some new additions to his place. We hope you'll stop by and meet these new fellas on your Route 66 travels - they're "hopping" to greet you!

New Ra66its at the Ranch: Meet Phoenix and Little Red!

by Rich Henry

The Mother Road Radio Tour 2013

Thanks to Bish Krywko, President, WRLR 98.3 FM for providing the following press release for us to share about this exciting broadcast event!

WRLR 98.3 (U.S.) and Forest FM 92.3 (U.K.) are teaming up to travel and broadcast from world famous Route 66, The Mother Road. It all starts out June 6th (6/6) from the route's original starting point at Adams and Michigan.

Congratulations to Gray's Garage of Pontiac on 50 Years in Business!

We are very excited to share news of an auspicious anniversary: Gray's Garage of Pontiac is celebrating 50 years in business!

Click to read a story about the Grays in the Pontiac Daily Leader.

Roger Gray of Gray's Garage was inducted into our Association's Hall of Fame in 2012. His contributions to Route 66 continue with a generous act on behalf of our Association, Pontiac and Route 66 itself.

Bob Deck, Hall of Famer, Has Passed Away

We are sad to report that Bob Deck, one of our beloved Hall of Fame members had died.

Visitation for Bob will be held Monday, March 18 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Calvert and Ferry Funeral Home in Girard, IL.

Burial is Tuesday at 11:00 AM at the Girard Cemetery.

For more information about this colorful Route 66 character, read the story on Route 66 News.

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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.