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2011 Motor Tour License Plate

This article UPDATED 3/18/11!!!

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Waldmire licence plate

We are excited to announce the 2011 Motor Tour License Plates are now available for purchase!

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Bob Waldmire Display in Santa Monica

Bob Waldmire display in Santa MonicaThis was submitted via our website content submission form by Mannie Mendelson of the Last Stop Shop on the Santa Monica Pier.

Mannie tells us he has a huge Bob Waldmire display of photos and notes at his shop.

Click here to view Manny's tribute to Bob Waldmire.

Thanks for sharing, Mannie!

Duke Cartwright: One 'Tough' Roadie

Each attraction along Route 66 has a history. Most tell the story of a place which sprang to life as people traveled along the Mother Road, providing sustenance, services, comfort, hospitality and entertainment - everything necessary for an enjoyable journey across the heartland of America. These attractions do their part both individually and collectively in creating a mosaic, expressing precisely what Route 66 is all about. That’s why we place such a high value on preserving these attractions and honoring the folks who brought them to life.

Let's Show Ernie We Care!

Ernie Edwards.jpgErnie Edwards of Pig Hip Resturant fame is currently in a nursing home and we really believe cards and notes would help cheer him up.

You can address them to:
Ernest Edwards
c/o St.Clara's Manor
Room 217
200 Fifth Street
Lincoln, IL 62656

Thank You on behalf of his family.

Our Condolences

Joseph Zygadlo, brother of our Association Recording Secretary, Loretta (Dwyer) Killackey, passed away at home Tuesday, January 11th. Loretta has served our Association both as Secretary and Will County representative.

A wake for Joseph will be held on Friday, January 14th, from 3:00 PM until 9:00 PM at the Model Funeral Home, 5725 S. Pulaski, Chicago. (773-767-4730). Final services/interment information is still pending.

We extend our condolences to Loretta on the loss of her brother.

William Sanders of Sprague's Super Service Passes Away

Association President, Cathie Stevanovich has released the following statement:

We are saddened to report the passing of William "Bill" Sanders, owner of Sprague's Super Service in Normal, IL.

Bill and his wife, Terri Ryburn own the Sprague's Super Service in Normal, Illinois also known as 305 E. Pine, which was elected to the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009.

Route 66 Association of Illinois Annual Hall of Fame Nominations

Thanks, Kathy and Johnny Miller for providing the following information.

large_Pontiac Rt. 66 Museum.jpgNominations into the Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame will be accepted for consideration between January 1 and February 28, 2011. Nominations post marked after the deadline date shall be held for consideration in the following year.

To qualify for election into the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame, nominees must have made significant contributions to the character or history of the Illinois portion of Route 66 in the State of Illinois.

Route 66 Loses A Friend

We are saddened to report the passing of a friend of Route 66 and ours, William "Billy" Waldmire on December 31.

Billy Waldmire is the nephew of Route 66 artist and icon, Bob Waldmire, who passed away last December 16.

Billy Waldmire

Click to read William Waldmire's obituary in the State Register Journal.

Strevell House Restoration Progress

The following press release was provided by Ellie Alexander, Tourism Director of Pontiac, IL.

Restoration of the historic Strevell House in Pontiac, IL is making tremendous progress!
The Strevell House is the only remaining building in Livingston County where Abraham Lincoln was known to spent time.

Here's what's new:

Click to read Strevell House Restoration Progresses in its entirety.

Got Content?

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

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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.