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R.I.P., Scott Cameron, of Route 66 Sodas

We are sad to report that Scott Cameron, president and CEO of Route 66 Sodas in Lebanon, Missouri, has passed away at the age of 76.

Please read a complete story and history of Mr Cameron and his connection to the Mother Road here on Route 66 News.

Our condolences go out to Scott's family and friends.

Your Spring Route 66 Wardrobe: Solved!

Ordered just this week - a new version of a classic! This T-shirt style was originally available in 1989, featuring Bob Waldmire's familiar and beloved design - and this year, we're bringing it back. iIt may have been lost for many years, but it definitely hasn't been forgotten!

Ringer Tshirt designThey won't be available for several weeks but we're so excited, we couldn't wait to break the news! We'll let you know when they're actually available for sale. In the meantime, here are the details:

It's a "ringer T" ash gray shirt with a black band at the neck and sleeves and - of course - it's made in the USA!

Your Route 66 wardrobe can be updated and looking sharp for just:
$15 (sizes S, M, L, XL)
$16 (size 2XL)
$17 (size 3XL)
+ $5 shipping (US only)

Profits from the sale of this long-lost classic T-shirt will help support preservation efforts of the Bob Waldmire bus, located behind our Association Hall of Fame and Museum at 110 Howard St in Pontiac, IL.

Association Picnic 2015

picnic sign.jpgAll are cordially invited to attend our annual Association picnic.

Sunday, August 16, 2015
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

It will again be held at Sugar Grove Nature Center in Funk's Grove, IL
4532 N 725 East Road, McLean, IL 61254 (right off Route 66).

Click to view photos from our picnic from last year in this story, and plan to come picnic with some great folks this year!

R.I.P Tom Wise, Mayor of Gardner, IL

Thank you, John Weiss, for providing the following sad information to us:

Tom Wise, the Mayor of Gardner passed away last Sunday, February 7, 2015.

The wake will be held Thursday February 12th, from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Reeves Funeral Home, 203 Liberty St, Gardner, IL. Funeral will take place at 10:00 AM on Friday, February 13.

Our sincere condolences to Mr Wise's family, friends and the citizens of Gardner.

Official 2015 Motor Tour Logo

It's ready! The official logo for our 2015 Motor Tour, entitled, "Miners, Mobsters and the Mother Road!" The Motor Tour, our signature annual event will take place June 12 - 14, this year beginning north, in Berwyn, IL. This logo will appear on our Motor Tour registration forms, T-shirts and Motor Tour giveaway materials.

Our dedicated Motor Tour committee has already been diligently at work making plans for this, our 26th annual trek along the Illinois section of Route 66.

Our thanks to the exceedingly talented folks at Diaz Sign Art in Pontiac, IL for creating such a striking design!


Palms Grill Café in Atlanta, Illinois Honored with “Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination” Award

Our thanks to Heather Wilkins of the Land of Lincoln Regional Tourism Development Office for providing this press release about Hall of Famer, The Palms Grill Café in Atlanta, IL.

The Palms Grill Café in Atlanta, Illinois Honored with “Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination” Award

Illinois Office of Tourism celebrates restaurants that are authentically Illinois, attracting visitors and locals to state’s diverse communities.

ATLANTA, IL – The Illinois Office of Tourism (IOT) and the Logan County Tourism Bureau today announced the Palms Grill Cafe located in Atlanta, is a recipient of an “Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination” award, which honors local food establishments around the state that are beloved destinations for visitors and locals alike. Palms Grill Cafe is among a select group of Illinois establishments to receive the unique designation from the tourism bureau. All award winners will receive a certificate from the state and a window cling to inform diners of the state designation.

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The O'Learys Experience Route 66 Nostalgia

Submitted by Jessica and Chad O’Leary

My husband Chad and I are both 32 years old from Milton, WI. We both have a passion for “back in the day." We've often been told we were born in the wrong era. We love all things 50s. As part of that we had planned our one-week vacations the past three years around Route 66. Route 66 travel all started for us three years ago when we did the Red Carpet Corridor. That two days we decided we HAD to drive Route 66.

So three years ago on our one-week vacation, we drove our daily driver car from home to start in Chicago and we made it to Amarillo TX. Year two we drove from home straight to Amarillo to pick up where we left off and then made it all the way to LA. Those two weeks were by far the best vacations we have ever taken!


Josh and Wendy Friedrich Go to Kingman, Arizona on Route 66

By Josh Friedrich

As each day grew nearer our anticipation nearly overwhelmed our ability to focus on anything else. The day had finally come for us to embark on our greatest hi-way adventure to date. This had been in the works for nearly a year. We unloaded our kids and pets into the capable hands of their grandparents. We were headed to Kingman, Arizona for the International Route 66 Festival. Now let me tell you, this would be the longest road trip (11 days) we have attempted and the longest time away from our young roadies, Charlie & Lizzy. As my license plate states we were ready to "VU 66" and get our kicks! Now during this trip we were forced to take the Interstate for longer periods of time, change plans, take a wrong turn, and not see/stop at must see gems. However, that did not take away from the overall fun, great people, awe inspiring places, and cool things we did do during our journey.
Day 1 August 9th
Our first stop was in Collinsville to test out the new tripod and remote on the camera. We thought what better place than the World's Largest Catsup Bottle to do so, especially since it was for sale and who knows what the future holds for it. This would be the first of many selfies for us during our trip. Next we made our way to the Route 66 State Park and its visitor center/museum. I highly suggest visiting it, plus the gift shop is has a great selection of just about everything a souvenir hunter could want. I picked up a hiking stick medallion for a new found hobby of mine.

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“Route 66, My Home Away from Home,” by Chester Henry, for Sale

Hall of Fame Inductee, Chester Henry, (1993) has written a book about his experiences as an Illinois State Patrol officer along Route 66 from 1957-1984. His book, entitled, Route 66, My Home Away from Home, is now available for sale and we are helping spread the word about this unique account of the Mother Road during its heyday.

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Livingston County Historical Society Pictorial History Books for Sale

Livingston County book .jpgThe Livingston County Historical Society has available a limited number of copies of the 2014 edition of the Livingston County Pictorial History book. The books are currently being offered for sale at the P.R.O.U.D. of Illinois Marketplace store, located on the square in Pontiac at 218 North Main Street. The book captures, in text and images, the history of our area. Between the hardback covers there are over 1,400 pictures, including a 16 page section of breathtaking color images. There are special sections on prominent businesses, churches, clubs, and tributes. With 264 pages of vivid history, the 2014 edition includes many images never before seen, most of them supplied by local citizens.

The books would make a great Christmas gift for the history buff in your family. Copies are priced at $49.95. Shipping is available for a small extra charge, so the books may be sent to friends or relatives who have left the area but still have ties to the community. For more information, call the P.R.O.U.D. store at (815) 844-6692.

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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.