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Preservation Efforts

Plaque Dedication for Soulsby Station - Mount Olive, IL

Plaque Dedication for Soulsby Station - Mount Olive, IL
102 S. Route 66, Mount Olive, Illinois
Friday, September 24
10:00 AM

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Plaque Dedication for Soulsby Station


The National Park Service, Route 66 Preservation Program announces a plaque  will be presented on September 24 to members of the Soulsby Station Society, to honor their work completing the restoration of the historic Soulsby Service Station.

Built in 1926 by Henry Soulsby from his own design, Soulsby Service opened as a Shell Oil station. Located in tiny Mount Olive, Soulsby Station sat along the original alignment of U.S. Highway 66.

Henry’s son, Russell, returning home from WW II, where he served in the Pacific theater as a communications technician, opened a radio and TV repair shop in the north room of the station.

Sprague's Super Service Station to Receive Honors Plaque


The National Park Service, Route 66 Preservation Program announces a plaque will be presented on September 21 to the owner of Sprague’s Super Service in Normal, IL to honor her work completing a project to restore the historic Route 66 service station.

Constructed in 1931, by building contractor William W. Sprague, the service station sat squarely on the original alignment of U.S. Highway 66. The two-story, Tudor Revival-style structure included a restaurant on the ground floor with living quarters upstairs.

Help Needed at the Streetcar

Our thanks to John Weiss for providing the following information:

Help is needed to scrape and sand the Streetcar (which was formerly on the property of the Riviera Roadhouse in Gardner, IL, which burned down in February) to prepare it for painting. We would like to do this messy job where it is stored before it gets moved onto it's new home base by the two cell jail. The concrete has been poured already.

We will be doing this project on Wednesday September 8, 2010 at 9:00 AM. We need all the help we can get!

We will meet at the corner of Route 66 (Rt. 53) and where you turn to go into Gardner when you are Southbound.

Help Needed at the Mill

Our thanks to John Weiss for this submission.

The Mill in Lincoln received a grant last year. A final inspection is due by the end of August. They need help to finalize a lot of work they have been doing.

A work day to help them finish up is scheduled for August 21st at 8:30 AM.

As an incentive, they are offering up to six rooms at the Best Western for those who would like to stay overnight. This would also include dinner. (Of course lunch is included, we work for food!)

Our BIG News!

You’ve patiently waited for two weeks for us to announce our BIG Route 66 Association of Illinois news. Well, without further ado, here it is!

Through the efforts of a dedicated Route 66 Association of Illinois board member, some very special items will soon be on display at our Museum and Hall of Fame in Pontiac, IL.

What are these special items? And who is responsible for securing them for us to display?

Preserving the Memory of a Dedicated Preservationist

On July 3, 2010, the Preservation committee held a very special picinc at the Standard Oil Station in Odell, IL in honor of a very special lady, Lenore Weiss.

Lenore WeissLenore was a dear friend of Route 66 in general, our Association in particular and of many of our members. She passed away earlier this year and in her honor, the Preservation committee decided that a memorial to her dedication to Route 66 was in order.

After a tasty picnic lunch consisting of burgers, hot dogs and an assortment of side dishes and desserts contributed by the atendees, a brief ceremony was held. In Lenore's honor, a pear tree was planted on the property of this, our Association's flagship preservation project, the Odell Standard Oil Station. Lenore rolled up her sleeves along with the other preservationists to bring this treasure of the Mother Road back to its former glory. That's why this particular location for the picnic and dedication was so fitting to her memory.

Donate for Route 66 Brochure

The Route 66 Associiation of Illinois is asking for your financial assistance to create a brochure highlighting the many Route 66 attractions and preservation projects in Illinois.

Click here to visit the webpage which describes the project and how you can help make the brochure a reality.


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