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Red Carpet Festival Plans Made

Our thanks to Ellie Alexander of Pontiac, IL Tourism for submitting the following update about the Red Carpet Corridor Festival:

RCC keys.pngThe 2012 Red Carpet Corridor Festival, planned for May 5th and 6th, is currently organizing for its 6th annual celebration of historic Route 66. The Red Carpet Corridor is a 90-mile stretch of the Mother Road that begins in Joliet in the north and ends at Towanda in the south. Each of the 13 towns located along that section of road holds its own special events for the two-day weekend festival. There will be car and motorcycle shows, live entertainments, carnivals, flea markets, special events just for children, food, fun, and more.

In Pontiac, the festival will feature a downtown carnival sponsored by P.R.O.U.D., an art show on the square, and new art works painted live on sidewalks by visiting Chinese artist, Tang Dongbai. The Parks and Recreation department will host the Touch-A-Truck experience for kids on Saturday morning at the Pontiac Recreation Center, 900 North Elm Street and the Jolly Trolley will be giving rides during the day. As usual, there will be city-wide yard and garage sales.

Local artists who wish to display their works in the downtown art show are asked to contact Kristen at the Walldog Mural and Sign Art Museum, (815) 842-1848. Parties interested in having their garage or yard sale listed on the sale map distributed by the Pontiac Chamber of Commerce should contact the Chamber at (815) 844-5131.

Coinciding with the Red Carpet Festival will be the opening of a new exhibit at the Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum. The Selle-Agner exhibit will open on Saturday, May 5th. The exhibit focuses on the American lifestyle of the 1940s. It features three complete rooms (kitchen, living room and dining room) with furniture and décor appropriate to the '40s, examples of women’s fashion from the era, a display of World War II memorabilia and artifacts, musical instruments and much more. The opening ceremonies will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10AM, and live 1940s music provided by the “1940s All-Stars” who will “Jump and Jive” in celebration.

Nick Adam Selected as Grand Marshall of Motor Tour

This article appeared on the front page of the Litchfield, IL News-Herald on Thursday, March 29, 2012:

Congratulations to Nick Adam, Owner of the Ariston Cafe, on being selected as the Grand Marshall of the Route 66 Association of Illinois' Motor Tour.

Click to read the article itself.

Route 66 Association of Missouri to Hold Their Annual Motor Tour September 7-9, 2012

Our thanks to the Route 66 Association of Missouri and their Motor Tour Committee cochair, Kip Welborn for sharing this news release:

Preserving Route 66 is a Good Investment for the Future Says Study

This is an incredibly gratifying Route 66 Economic Impact Study. According to National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program Manager, Kaisa Barthuli, "It's nice to see that a Federal Agency is reinforcing what we already knew. Your efforts have had a big impact for all Route 66 communities! Well done!"

Click to read this Economic Impact Study in its entirety.

Advertise in our Association Newsletter, The 66 News, Summer 2012 Issue!

jing 66 News_0.pngAttention, Route 66 Businesses, Attractions and Communities!

Our newsletter, The 66 News, is mailed to each and every member of our Association. Can you think of a more targeted group with whom to advertise your business or community?

Our newsletter comes out quarterly. The deadline for inclusion in our Summer, 2012 issue is May 15, 2012.

We offer several affordable advertising options in our Newsletter, as follows:

Single Issue Pricing for Advertising in the 66 News
Ads are in black and white only

Whole Page - $125.00
Half Page - $75.00
Business Card size - $25.00

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!

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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.