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Preservation Efforts

Muffler Men - Have You Seen These Giants for Yourself?

Thanks to Preservation Chairman, John Weiss, for pointing us to this very entertaining and informative YouTube video about the beloved Muffler Men.

Check it out!

Another Work Day at Sprague Super Service

Thank you to our Preservation Chairman, John Weiss, for submitting the following information:

There is going to be another work day at the Sprague Super Service site, 305 E. Pine St, Normal, IL on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 9:30 AM.

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Last April we had a work day and accomplished a lot, but we were not able to complete the project. I am determined this time to finish the needed work in the downstairs visitor area that we started. I need your help! Having this wonderful site sitting there half finished is just not acceptable. We need to band together and help Terri get this project completed.

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.


Please Help Save Historic Lincoln Highway Marker

Our thanks to Mike Brick, Development Director of the Joliet Area Historical Museum to sharing the following request for us to share:

Please see the attached Press Release regarding the Joliet Area Historical Museum’s efforts to raise funds to restore one of the few remaining Lincoln Highway Markers that were originally installed along historic Lincoln Highway in 1928.

We would appreciate your support in helping the Museum to create awareness for this restoration project. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Thank you,
Mike Brick
Development Director
Joliet Area Historical Museum

Click to view the Official Press Release.

Journey Stories Committee Sets Three Public Programs

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

The City of Pontiac, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution and the Illinois Humanities Council, presents the travelling exhibit, Journey Stories, to be on display at the Livingston County Courthouse beginning February 23, 2013. The exhibit will be only one part of the entire Journey Stories event. Along with the display, there will be three informational programs exploring different aspects of our local and national transportation and travel history. The programs will all be held in the Pontiac City Council Chambers located at 115 West Howard Street in Pontiac. Programs will begin at 7:30 PM, and admission is free.

Seeking Information for the Route 66 Archives and Research Collaboration

We were recently contacted by Arlyn Booth, Map Coordinator of the Illinois State Library requesting Route 66 information. Can you help her gather the information she seeks?

Update: Arlyn Booth is no longer with the Illinois State Library. Please contact them, nonetheless, as they will direct your email to the appropriate party.

Betty Estes, Pontiac's First Tourism Director, Passes Away

We are saddened to share the news that Betty Estes, Pontiac, Illinois' first tourism director has passed away.

Here's a quote for the Pontiac Daily Leader:

Pontiac lost its greatest cheerleader with the passing of Elizabeth “Betty” Estes, the city’s first tourism director, on Wednesday. She was 81.

“Betty loved Pontiac and she loved being involved in everything that made the city better,” said City Administrator Bob Karls late Wednesday afternoon.

“She has a long history of service to the community she loved and was a visionary to what tourism could be,” he said. “But beyond that she was just a very special lady and her presence will be missed.”

Two New Items Available to Demonstrate Your Route 66 Spirit!

We're proud to announce two new items are available for purchase through our Association to demonstrate your '66 pride:

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A Funk's Grove Midpoint Commemorative Pin - In honor of the official declaring of Funk's Grove as the midpoint of Route 66 in Illinois, Diaz Sign Art, in Pontiac, IL was commissioned to create this striking commemorative pin.

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A T-shirt adorned with an original Bob Waldmire design - This work of art was created in 1989 by artist, icon and friend of Route 66, Bob Waldmire, exclusively for our Association. It now is emblazoned upon a black T-shirt (made of American-grown cotton and made in the USA) which will be available in sizes Small through 4XL.

History of the Proposed Route 66 Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center

Our thanks to Al Lopinot of Litchfield for writing the following article...

David Jackson was editor of the Litchfield News Herald and a collector of artifacts related to the history of Litchfield. One item that he collected was colored picture postcards of Litchfield. When he passed away several years ago, he left those postcards to his daughter, Anne. Since that time, she has been figuring out how she might make these available to others interested in Litchfield history. She came across a postcard book published by another community and this gave her an idea maybe she shoud do the same.

2012 Hall of Fame Nominations Announced

We proudly announce those who will be inducted into the Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame at our Annual Hall of Fame Banquet. This year's banquet and induction ceremony will be held on June 9 at Lincoln College, in Lincoln, IL.

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.

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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.