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Strevell House Restoration Hits Another Milestone

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

Mike Ingles with Strevell Roof Finial.jpgThe restoration of the Jason W. Strevell house will take another step towards completion in the coming week. The finials which rise at the roof peaks of the house have been reproduced and are ready for installation. The Strevell home, which stands at 401 W. Livingston Street in Pontiac, Illinois, is the only remaining structure in Livingston County visited by Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln spent an evening at the home of Pontiac attorney Jason Strevell in 1860. Lincoln had given a speech to the Pontiac Young Men’s Literary Association at the Presbyterian Church earlier that night, and went to Strevell’s home to await the early morning train to Bloomington.

The Strevell house is in the Carpenter Gothic style. This type of home is distinguished by a steeply pitched roof, decorative bargeboards (also known as “gingerbread trim,”) and other architectural features. At the highest point on the roof is a miniature spire or finial. The finials on the Strevell house have been replicated by two local craftsmen, Mike Ingles and Mark Van Hoveln.

Update: Pontiac's Lions Park Receives $35,000 from Sprite Program!

Pontiac's Lions Park will receive $35,000 to put in a new basketball court, thanks to the efforts of residents who participated in a Sprite challenge last month.

We previously brought this story about Pontiac's participation in the Sprite Spark Parks Program back in May, 2011.

Click to read: Lions Park in Pontiac Nominated to Receive 35k from Sprite - Community Votes Needed!

Click to read about this in the Pontiac Daily Leader.

Japanese Route 66 Website Shows International Love for the Mother Road

Here's a letter our Association received from Japanese Route 66 Enthusiast, Hiroshi Hanamura, with news of a new Japanese Route 66 website. Isn't it great to know that the Mother Road's appeal stretches all the way around the globe? Please do give Hiro's site a visit to see how they do Route 66, Japanese style!

Japanese Rt 66 site.pngDear my friends,

Finally my new Route 66 website has just been launched and I'm so happy to let you know about it. Actually the site is built for letting japanese visitors jump over there to travel on the real highway.

Pontiac Summer Bash Events Announced

We wish to acknowledge and thank Ellie Alexander, Pontiac Tourism, for providing the following press release:

Pontiac Tourism and Pontiac P.R.O.U.D recently announced the events which will take place in the downtown area during the 2011 Summer Bash and Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum and Resource Center Grand Opening, both of which are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, July 23 & 24, 2011.

Festivities will begin early on Saturday morning with the PROUD 5k Run and 2 mile walk which will begin at 7:30 at the Yost House. The Farmer’s Market will open at 8:00 AM at the Yost House, followed by the Heritage Days celebration which this year will include craft demonstrators, a pie baking contest, and a special presentation by several Civil War – Living History groups. Also at the Yost House will be special attractions for kids, including a selection of old-fashioned kids’ games.

Motor Tour 2011 Slideshow

It's a work in progress but we'd like to share the photos of Motor Tour 2011 that folks have shared with us so far. If you have some you'd like us to add, please email them to gina@esembe.com.

Motor Tour 2011 Recap - In Your Own Words

Nobody can tell the story of the Motor Tour as well as those of you who experienced it firsthand. So, here it is, culled directly from your comments on Facebook, Motor Tour 2011 in your own words:

General comments:

  • "We had a great time." - Brian Burke
  • "Had a great time. We traveled 1144 miles in the Corvette in 4 days. Good road trip." - John Weidner
  • "The tour was great, we had fun, thanks to all the organizers for their hard work planning fun for us. :)" - Kathy Wester

2011 Hall of Fame Inductees

On June 12, 2011 the Route 66 Association of Illinois held our annual Hall of Fame Induction and Banquet at Lincoln College in Lincoln, IL. Two members were inducted this year, honoring their contributions to Route 66 in Illinois.

Click here to view a PDF of the Hall of Fame Induction Program

Leo Bornder

HoF Induction Bornder
Leon Bornder of Normal, Illinois, accepting for his late father.

Summer Quarterly Meeting, July 17 in Elwood, IL

Summer Quarterly Meeting - Elwood, IL
Sunday, July 17, 2011
10:00AM - 5:00PM

All are welcome to attend!

Mr. Bs Bar & Grill
23956 Hwy, 53 S. (Rt. 66)
Elwood, IL 60421
South of Joliet Race Track

Board meeting - 10:00 AM
Lunch - 12:00 on your own
General meeting 1:00 PM

Meeting agenda includes:
Approval of next year's budget
Must declare intention to run for office at THIS meeting.

For further details, contact Marty Blitstein
708-444-1312
blitz66@earthlink.net

Mr. Bs Bar & Grill is the newest business member - WELCOME!

Jim Allen, Former Scotty's Tavern Owner, Passes Away

We are sad to report the passing of Jim Allen, former Scotty's tavern owner and an amazing Route 66 character.

Jim died of massive stroke following a heart attack on June 19th. A celebration of his life will be held at Daudermann Funeral Home in Hamel, across the street from Weezy's at 12:00 on Wednesday, June 22nd. The family is inviting everyone to Weezy's following the service for food, drink, and to share memories of the tye dye guy and the adventures of Traveler, the Jackalope.

In a personal message from Association President, Cathie Stevanovich, she says, "Pat and Jim were on this year's Motor Tour with us and we had a great time. I am heartbroken."

Henry's Ra66it Ranch Invites You for Free Family Fun

Henry's Ra66it Ranch in Staunton, IL is a fun and furry attraction along Route 66!

Admission to Henry's Ra66it Ranch is ABSOLUTELY FREE so stop by and enjoy some "hare-raising" entertainment.

Some of you may have met Montana the Rabbit who held down the fort and greeted guests at the Ranch for years. Unfortunately, Montana has gone to the big hutch in the sky. New friend, Big Red, has hopped in to fill Montana's big shoes as the official meeter and greeter at the Ra66it Ranch.

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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.