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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!

Geocaching, Route 66 Style

The following story comes to us from Pam Monson, Editor of Free Press Newspapers in Wilmington, IL.

Small Towns Hiding Treasures for Visitors to Find

geocaching-wilmington,-il_4566.jpgFour communities teamed up this year to bring something new and different, that the whole family can enjoy, to the Illinois Route 66 travel experience - geocaching.

Geocaching is a worldwide, free, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices, including smart phones and iPods. Cache (pronounced "cash") owners hide their treasure box and publish the exact coordinates so others can go on a "treasure hunt" to find it. Players try to find the hidden containers using longitude and latitude coordinates.

The only rules are:

  • If you take something from the cache, you must leave something, and you write about your visit in the logbook you'll find in the cache. You can also log your find online. The caches you'll find between Wilmington and Braceville are registered at - just search Red Carpet Corridor. (The Red Carpet Corridor is a partnership of Illinois communities who celebrate their heritage along the Mother Road the first weekend of each May.)
  • If you find an item with a code number stamped on it, chances are it's a "traveler," and its owner has selected a destination for it. If you take a traveler from the cache, you agree to move it along in its travels, and log your experience online.

Gail’s Pumpkin Patch Opens for the Fall Season

pumpkin patch.jpgGail’s Pumpkin Patch, Beason, IL will be opening for their 8th season on Sunday, September 1, 2013. The pumpkin patch will be open Sunday to Friday from 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM and Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM. The final day of the season is October 31, 2013.

The pumpkin patch has over 60 varieties of pumpkins and gourds, corn, Nate’s honey and donuts, straw, apples, cider, mums, barrel train, toddler maze, baked goods and lots of crafts. It is loaded with fall decorations and fun for the whole family. New this year is Grandpa’s Antique Tractor Porch and Toddler Corner! Free admission and U-Pick or We-pick pumpkins available.

Here Come the Giants!

Tall Paul.jpgWe've got a few of these delightful Gentle Giants along our stretch of the Mother Road - here's a very interesting journal with videos from researchers who have discovered the history and lure of these larger-than-life roadside attractions!

Thanks to John Weiss, our Preservation Chairman, for making us aware of this fun and informative site!

Click to visit American Giants!

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Young Roadies: You're Never Too Young!


The allure of Route 66 is very much about nostalgia and the history of the Road and the people who live and work along it’s colorful miles. Its future, preservation and continuation as an important part of America, however, depend upon future generations learning and becoming excited about the Mother Road and what she holds for them.

Fossil Hunting on Route 66

By Preservation Chairman, John Weiss

The towns of Braceville and Godley border one of the best areas for fossil hunting in the state. Collectors come from all around the country. This area is famous because it was here that the Tully Monster fossil was discovered. This long extinct creature is named for the man who found it in 1957, Francis Tully. The Tully Monster is also considered to be the official State of Illinois Fossil.

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A Route 66 Stamp is Being Considered by Congress

Our Association is full of people dedicated to doing important and exciting things on behalf of the Mother Road. Grundy County Representative Ike Widner has been in touch with the United States Postal Service about having a Route 66 commemorative postage stamp issued. Here's what Ike's been up to:

Ike writes:

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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.