December 2012

The President's View - Spring, 2012

New Cathie image.jpgWhat a strange Winter this year! Snow has been here and there – and some days so nice it was hard to remember it’s still Winter! I would rather do Winter in February and March than snow in April, May or June. Whenever it’s too nice, I think 1967 and the snowstorm that landlocked many of us.

It’s going to be a HUGE year for travelers on the road! I have emails and phone calls of people planning on coming on the road, and wanting to line up their visit with festivals and events! I have to remind people not every town has a parade or festival when they’re visiting – it only seems that way!

The President's View - Summer, 2012

New Cathie image_0.jpgAs I write this letter, it’s almost tour time and the mad rush to the end is on with finishing touches of letters, passports, getting all the details worked out so the tour is seamless!

I’m excited about some great new stops this year and a few dedications along the way. Nick Adam is joining us as the Grand Marshall as we cross over the Chain of Rocks bridge on Saturday morning, June 9th at 8:30 AM. We’re thrilled for this rare and limited opportunity to drive across this historic bridge!

There is also an end-of-tour party in Elwood at Lloyd Erickson park on Sunday, June 10th! Jim Hannah and the Country Boys with Ron Gonsoulin will provide the music.

The President's View - Fall, 2012

New Cathie image_1.jpgAutumn….warm days and cool nights. I’m already noticing it gets dark earlier than before and colors are starting to change along the route. The farmers tell me a summer like this is followed by a tough Winter. So much to do before the leaves complete their change, what a busy summer it was along the road.

Ernie Edward’s 95th Birthday Party was a resounding success due to the help of many of the businesses in the Lincoln/Broadwell area! The Pig Hip sign was restored by the Preservation Committee and rededicated.

The President's View - Winter, 2012

New Cathie image_2.jpgIt sounds so cliché but what a fast year! The days grow shorter, the wind is colder, and as one season blends into another, there’s still that refrain of, “Where did the time go?” “It seems like yesterday?” and my personal favorite, “Every day is one day closer to spring.”

Route 66 Association of Illinois Annual Hall of Fame Nominations

We are reprinting the following article written by Kathy Miller as it succinctly and accurately details what is needed for nomination as a candidate to our Association's Hall of Fame.

The Route 66 Association of Illinois will begin seeking nominations for the 2013 Hall of Fame. Nominations are accepted from January 1st, to February 28, 2013.

Nominations must include accurate documentation or declaration of the Nominee’s qualities, deeds, and history on Route 66 that merit this honor.


To qualify for election to the Hall of Fame, Nominees must have made significant

Chicago to Santa Monica: The Big Trip

By Jim Robinson

On Christmas 1996 my wife Twila gave me the book “Route 66 Remembered.” Inside the cover she wrote “…For help in planning our own journey over the Mother Road.” We had done several Illinois Route 66 road trips and one Missouri Route 66 trip but we had never done the big trip until 2012.

On Saturday April 21 of this year, Twila and I slid into our rented 2012 Camry and with our luggage and Tom Snyder’s “The Route 66 Travelers Guide and Roadside Companion” we began our journey in front of the Art Institute in downtown Chicago. Immediately hitting detours and traversing some questionable neighborhoods, we made our way toward Santa Monica. We stayed the night in Bloomington, IL and Sunday morning we headed toward St. Louis.

Friedrich Family Travels, Fall 2012

By Josh Friedrich

It has been a whirlwind of travel on the ol' double sixes these past few months. When we last checked in we had just wrapped up a memorable Motor Tour in June.

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Route 66 Icon, Bill Shea, Turns 91

The following article about Bill Shea was originally published in the Summer, 1993, issue of The 66 News on the occasion of his induction into our Association's Hall of Fame. We're proud to transcribe it here for you to read (or read again). Enjoy the story of this Route 66 original on another prestigious occasion - his 91st birthday, on December 30.

By Tom Teague

When Route 66 was bypassed by the interstates, many people just let it slip into history. But not Bill Shea. He adapted. A businessman alongside 66 since 1947, he is a testament not only to the road's rich history, but also its continuing vitality.

Share Your Bob Waldmire Memories

bob.jpgOur friend and Route 66's, Bob Waldmire, passed away nearly 3 years ago on December 16. As we look back and remember Bob, his unique personality, distinctive artwork and dedication to the Mother Road, we are curious about what your memories of Bob are.

Please do us all the favor of sharing your Bob Waldmire memories here on our website. Simply leave them in the comments section of this post. It will be an incredibly moving and joyful tribute to one of Route 66's fiercest advocates. Thank you in advance for sharing your memories of Bob with all of us!

R.I.P., Carl Johnson

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We were notified today that, sadly, Carl Johnson, a longtime Route 66 Friend and Advocate, passed away in Springfield. Arrangements are pending. Carl had been a surveyor and historian and was passionate about Route 66.

Thank you to Logan County Tourism for providing these additional details:

Carl Johnson, a longtime Route 66 historian and advocate, passed away Wednesday in Springfield, IL. Carl’s career included a several year stint as a surveyor, but in later years he became a Route 66 historian. That particular hobby took him all along the famous road. He worked for the Route 66 Pulse and Route 66 Federation magazines. He was a member of the Missouri Route 66 Association.

Johnson also made a major contribution to the official mapping of Route 66 in Illinois for the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway, under the leadership at the time of Patty Kuhn, the original director of the organization. He was featured recently in an article in the Illinois Times magazine.

“Carl knew an incredible amount about Route 66 in Illinois and beyond. He provided very helpful information and data for projects in our county and our state, and that is how I got to know him,” said Geoff Ladd, director of the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County and president of the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway. “We became close friends, and I am incredibly saddened by this news.”

Click to read Carl's obituary and funeral arrangements on the Butler Funeral Home website.

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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.