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Preservation Efforts

Project Route 66 to Perform Close of Motor Tour!


We are thrilled to announce that the country band, Project Route 66, has kindly and generously agreed to perform a free concert at the close of our 2010 Motor Tour! The concert will be held at the Dixie Truck Stop in McLean, IL, the final stop of our Motor Tour, on Sunday, June 13 from 4:30 - 5:30, weather permitting.

Project Route 66 is a group of musicians who are dedicated, as are we, to the preservation and enjoyment of the Mother Road.

Route 66/Veteran's Memorial Park Plans Revealed

Take a look at the archetect's rendering of the plans for the building of a new Route 66/Veteran's Memorial Park in Sherman, IL!

Click to view/download a PDF of this beautiful park plan!

Historic Route 66 Recreational Trail - Show Your Support!

Show your support for the development of a 17-mile Historic Route 66 Recreational Trail in Macoupin and Montgomery Counties in Illinois.

Download and print this PDF petition!

Print, sign and return your endorsement of this unique trail that would utilize the long abandoned and unused northbound lane of Historic Route 66 from Stanuton to Litchfield, IL!

Mail your signed petition to:

Nelson Grman
c/o Soulsby Station
Old Route 66
Mt. Olive, IL, 62069

Newly Updated! History of Soulsby Station

Take a look of this newly added history of Soulsby Station in Mount Olive, IL. We've just added this PDF to the Soulsby Station Attractions page.

Click to download this PDF which resounts the complete history of Soulsby Station.

John and Lenore Weiss to Receive Preservation Award

We wish to extend our heartfelt congratulations to John and Lenore Weiss. On July 25, 2009, they will receive an award in recognition of their efforts in preserving the history of The Mill in Lincoln.

The Mill officially opened on July 25, 1929 and was saved from demolition in 2006.

The Heritage Foundation of Logan County will be hosting a huge celebration at The Mill on July 25, 2009 in commemoration of The Mill's 80th Anniversary. The ceremony honoring John and Lenore will kick off the celebration at noon. All are welcome for a day of fun and festivities.

Face Lift at the Dixie

Submitted by John Weiss, Chairman, Route 66 Museum

The Dixie Truckers Home in McLean, Illinois has a new look. The exterior has attractive awnings all around. Route 66, Stuckey’s, the Café and General Store are all predominant.

Helping History

By John & Lenore Weiss

We sent out word that help was needed to spruce up our number one preservation project. That, of course, is the Odell, Illinois gas station. Painting, scraping and polishing was on the agenda.

What a fantastic turn out we had. Twenty-one people came to volunteer, from small children, one infant to mature adults. What a great, great sight it was!

Streetcar Diner

A 20th century Kankakee streetcar was moved to Gardner in 1932 to serve as a diner. In 1937, the streetcar became a cottage and playhouse. It was moved behind the Riviera in 1955 and is still there today. It was restored ty the Route 66 Association of Illinois and inducted into the Route 66 Hall of Fame in 2001.

 Click here to read about the Streetcar Diner on the big screen!


Streetcar Diner
5650 Highway 53 S
Gardner, IL 60424
United States
41° 11' 27.6972" N, 88° 18' 6.4152" W

May 26, 2009 - A Great Day For Route 66 in Illinois!

Today we are proud to bring you two BIG pieces of Route 66 news!

First, a 1.3-mile section of Old Route 66 southeast of Lake Springfield has been designated a National Historic Place! The 80-year-old piece of the Mother Road will be preserved for generations to come, thanks to the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

Secondly, the Federal Highway Administration has granted the state of Illinois nearly $400,000 for the placement of informational exhibits along Route 66. Start dusting off your historic Route 66 photos!

Be sure to click through to the State Journal Register of Springfield, IL for the whole story!

80th Anniversary of the Mill in Lincoln

80th Anniversary of the Mill in Lincoln

738 Washington St., Lincoln

Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County will be hosting a huge celebration commemorating two exciting events:

The 80th Anniversary of The Mill
The induction of The Mill into the Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame

Come celebrate with us!

Schedule of Events:

12:00   Festivities begin with speakers and awards
***Our own John and Lenore Weiss, preservationists extraordinaire, will be honored with a preservation award at this ceremony!

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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.