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Auto Show Raffle Winner Visits Pontiac

We thank Ellie Alexander of Pontiac Tourism for providing the following press release for us to share:


Mr. Mike Bowman of Chicago was in Pontiac on Monday, March 5th to collect the prize he won in a raffle sponsored by the International Walldog Mural and Sign Art Museum and the City of Pontiac. The raffle took place at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show where the City of Pontiac had a exhibit space.

Down on the Farm: The Ron George Round Barn

We are privileged indeed to have received the following story and photographs for publication. Enjoy this slice of Illinois Route 66 history.

By Joseph D. Kubal

Wheeling along on the “Main Street of America” through the far southwestern Chicago suburbs, no one would suspect that there’s a historic site in the area. There are no famous battlefields here, no locations of old forts, and the big city is far away – but there is an unusual rural architectural exemplar nearby. Just northwest of Romeoville, in some of the scant remaining farmlands of Bolingbrook, stands a barn unlike the typical box-like structures scattered across much of the country. This is the Ron George Round Barn. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places (NRHP) on December 7, 1982, the barn is worth a visit.

Round barn standing astride suburban development
Photo ©2012 by Joseph D. Kubal; all rights reserved.

Route 66 News Correction

Please note this correction from the Winter, 2012 issue if The 66 News: Photos used in the story entitled, "Slovenian Row: Reminiscences of an Ethnic Community," should have been captioned with the following: Photos 1 & 3 - "Photo ©2011 by Maria R. Traska; all rights reserved." Photo 3 caption should read "circa 1939." Photo 4 - Photo ©2011 by Joseph D. Kubal; all rights reserved." Also, the third paragraph, second sentence should have read, "Most immigrated through New York and moved to and were concentrated in the Chicago-Joliet region, around greater Cleveland, Ohio; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, northern Minnesota, Michigan and Colorado. Smaller pockets of Slovenes are scattered elsewhere throughout the U.S.

Route 66 Tin Can Caravan

Tin Can Caravan.gifAre you looking for a unique, ultimate Route 66 experience? Then look no further than the Route 66 Tin Can Caravan! What's a Tin Can Caravan? I'm glad you asked!

A Tin Can Caravan is a merry band of travelers who, led by singer-songwriter, Fred Eaglesmith, travels to a variety of locations, in a variety of vehicles, touring the countryside, accompanied by live musicians along the way.

This year, there's a Route 66 Tin Can Caravan scheduled for September 13-30, from Chicago to L.A. You can choose your mode of transportion as you travel along with the caravan, for a few days or for the whole eighteen. The caravan is led by a wi-fi equipped motorcoach which includes all the comforts of home. Or you can choose to join the caravan in your own vehicle.

However, whenever you join the caravan, this sounds like a blast!

The tour provides an itinerary which includes stops at Route 66 attractions along the way. Included among them are dinner at the Berghoff, the Gemini Giant in Wilmington, our very own Route 66 Association of Illinois Museum and Hall of Fame, as well as the Pontiac-Oakland Museum, lunch at the Palms Grill in Atlanta, IL and a stop at Henry's Ra66it Ranch in Staunton, IL. Many additional exciting stops in every state through which Route 66 passes are included as well.

We welcome the Tin Can Caravaners - hope you have a wonderful experience traveling the Mother Road! Let us know how your trip was - we'd love to post your stories and photos!

Click for Route 66 Tin Can Caravan official website.

photo via Roots on the

Willem Bor Shares His Talent and Enthusiasm for Route 66


I’d like you to meet Willem Bor, a Route 66 enthusiast, artist, photographer and blogger from the Netherlands. Willem proves many things about Route 66 fans. One is that they are passionate and devoted, wherever they live. Another is that when that enthusiasm meets creativity, you have a powerful combination!

Pontiac, IL Events Calendar

Thanks to Ellie Alexander, Tourism Director for Pontiac, IL for providing a calendar of events going on in that community.

Click to read Pontiac Calendar of Events, 2012.

Register for the 2012 Motor Tour!

MotorTour.pngThe 2012 Motor Tour Registration form is ready for you to fill out and send in! Marty's waiting by the mailbox!

The Funk's Grove Mid-Point Tour takes place June 8, 9 and 10!

Chain of Rocks Bridge to Elwood - we will see you on the road!

Find out all the events, stops, motels with discounted rates and the menu for the Hall of Fame banquet! Just click the link below to view/download/print your flyer/registration form.

Download the official Motor Tour Flyer/Registration Form.

Please Help Brianna!

The Route 66 Preservation Committee of Illinois urges you to support this worthy cause.

We can help this young lady, suffering from Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. Please read this flyer, which introduces Brianna Pursell and explains this debilitating disease with which she is afflicted.

Here's a way you can help raise money to help Brianna - purchase raffle tickets for the Brianna Pursell Benefit Raffle from:

James Anderson (847) 721-6743

Donation: $1.00 each ticket / 6 tickets for $5.00

Drawing to be held May 6, 2012

R.I.P. Francis Mowrey, Hall of Famer

We are sad to report the death of one of our Hall of Fame recipients, Illinois State Police Captain, Francis Mowrey. Captain Mowrey was inducted into the Hall of Fame on June 9, 1990.

Read more about this fine gentleman and dedicated Route 66 supporter in his obituary in the Pantograph.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Capt. Mowrey's family and friends.

Red Carpet Corridor 2012

It's time for the annual Red Carpet Corridor event!

Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, 2012 are the dates. Mark your calendar and get ready to kick off travel season along Route 66! This is the annual celebration in the 13 communities along the 90 miles of Route 66 from Joliet to Towanda.

Family fun galore!

  • Entertainment
  • Flea markets
  • Garage sales
  • Food
  • Vendors
  • Events

Visit their official Red Carpet Corridor website or check out the brochure for complete details.

View and download the Red Carpet Corridor brochure (pg 1).

View and download the Red Carpet Corridor brochure (pg 2).

Got Content?

EditorWe welcome your Route 66 news, stories, photos and events for publication in our newsletter or on our web site!

Submit it here

Send us your change of address to:
110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL, 61764
or use our handy contact form

Learning to use our calendar puts the fun and adventure of Route 66 at your fingertips. It's easy to discover the when, what and where of events along the road.

Here's How!

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.