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Welcome, Young Roadies! This page is for you!

This is a place to find articles about Route 66 that may be of interest to you as you begin to learn about The Mother Road.

We hope you enjoy what you find here because we know you’re Never Too Young to be a Roadie!

Read. Learn. Enjoy Route 66!

Motor Tour 2014: Did You Make Memories?

Were you one of the privileged participants in our Association's 25th Annual Motor Tour? If you were, we would LOVE you to share your individual memories made during our Making Memories tour with us!

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Between now and August 15, I'll be collecting stories and photos from you to include in the official tour recap of the event to be presented here on our website and in our Fall, 2014 issue on our members-only newsletter, The 66 News. That provides ample time for you to submit photos and stories and for me to compile the wrap-up of the Motor Tour in all its glory.

Red Carpet Corridor Festival, 2014

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, for the following press releases about the Red Carpet Corridor Festival, coming your way May 3 and 4:

The 2014 Red Carpet Corridor Festival weekend is fast approaching. Saturday, May 3rd and Sunday, May 4th will be two days filled with activities all along historic Route 66 – From Joliet in the north to Towanda in the south. In Pontiac, there are quite a few special presentations and events planned. The events scheduled will proceed as much as possible regardless of the weather.

Special Offer to 25th Anniversary Motor Tour Participants!

By Preservation Chairman, John Weiss

Preservation takes many forms. It can be buildings, roads, signs, structures and objects. Preservation can also be stories and remembrances of people, places and things. Preservation is the heartbeat and soul of our Mother Road, Route 66.

This year the Preservation Committee is doing something that has never been done before and will never do again.

First, some information.This is the 25th Anniversary of the Route 66 Association of Illinois. As a result I wanted to do something pertaining to Preservation that would also commemorate this extraordinary accomplishment.

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Motor Tour 2014: Making Memories on Our 25th Anniversary Tour!

Here's the information you've been awaiting: The details of our 25th Annual Motor Tour!

The "Making Memories" Tour will be rolling along the Mother Road Friday, June 13th through Sunday, June 15th, 2014. The Motor Tour is our Association's signature event; a three-day planned trip along Route 66 with other enthusiastic roadies to take in the sights and experiences the Mother Road offers here in Illinois.

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Repair Progress on The World’s Largest Covered Wagon

Our thanks to Nancy Saul, Interim Director, Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County for the following press release.

LINCOLN, IL – The World’s Largest Covered Wagon is beginning to “heal” following a late January windstorm that broke three wheels on the kitschy tourist attraction and left it tilted at a 45 degree angle.

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“The work is moving right along,” said Nancy Saul, interim director of the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County. “Barring any unforeseen circumstances it should easily be completed by the end of April.

“That was our goal - to get the wagon back in shape for the start of the 2014 tourist season.”

Get Your Funk's Grove Maple Sirup!

It's syrup season at Funk's Grove!

Inducted to our Association's Hall of Fame in 1992, Funks Grove is a Route 66 institution!

Come and get your sirup now! Once it's gone, it's gone for the season!

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Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup
5257 Old Route 66
Shirley, Illinois 61772

Monday - Friday 9-5
Saturday 10-5
Sunday 1-5

funkspuremaplesirup.com
(309) 874-3360

Do you smell pancakes?

World's Largest Covered Wagon to be Repaired Following January Wind Damage

Our thanks to Nancy Saul, Interim Director of Logan County Tourism Bureau for providing the following press release.

LINCOLN – The World’s Largest Covered Wagon will soon stand straight and tall again on Old Route 66 for the entire world to see.

On January 26, a storm rolled through Lincoln, carrying wind gusts of up to 50 miles an hour.

The storm pushed the monstrous wagon askew, breaking the front and back wheels on the driver’s side and leaving the roadside attraction tilted at a 45 degree angle. The wagon cover was also ripped from its mountings and destroyed.

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Chinese Reality Show Filmed in Pontiac

Thanks to Pontiac Director of Tourism, Ellie Alexander, for bringing the following video, filmed in Pontiac in September, 2013, for a Chinese reality show, to our attention.

Click this link to see this video. It's in Chinese but you'll recognize the sites!

It's an opportunity to see Route 66 through fresh and enthusiastic eyes!

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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.

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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.