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.