Attention Route 66 Association of Illinois members! We’re sorry to inform you that there’s a delay in the mailing out of the Spring 2020 issue of our members-only newsletter, The 66 News. We know you’ve been expecting it to arrive in your mailbox any day now, so we wanted to let you know that it will be later this time. We’re in contact with the Post Office to track down the problem and hopefully it will be resolved soon. In the meantime, we’d like to extend a friendly long distance wave and say we hope you and yours are remaining safe and healthy.
Available soon for purchase!
Never in 15 years has this been replica produced!
Aluminum 12″ x 18″ Historic Illinois Route 66 Sign.
American, Union made.
Pricing and shipping to be announced.
On our Association’s Facebook page, we recently asked folks to share their favorite Illinois Route 66 places in 2019. We received lots of photos in response, so we thought we’d share them here. Enjoy this slideshow of favorites from this last year!
I am sad to report that Martha Jackson has passed away. Martha served on our board for a few years, was a great friend of Route 66 and fought for the 66 alignment which included Litchfield to be recognized as much as the Route 4 alignment.
She was a dynamic woman who was strong willed, determined but kind.
I will miss her greatly. I got to see her on the Motor Tour in Gillespie.
Click to view Obituary for Martha Cassity Jackson | Plummer Funeral Home
Pontiac Tourism is excited to welcome a new temporary exhibit to the Pontiac Museum Complex. Opening June 29, “I Am Rt 66” is a project by Jim Livingston and Bob Lile showcasing the people found along Route 66. They travel the route meeting people, and participants are asked to answer three questions on a plain white sheet of paper; “I am,” “I Regret,” and “Before I die” before getting their portrait taken.
This is a traveling exhibit and will be featured at various points on Route 66. It will be here in Pontiac for the months of July and August 2019. The grand opening will be Saturday, June 29 at 10:00AM, a portrait taking session will take place from 1:00-3:00PM the same day. For more information on the project, visit their websitewww.iamrt66.com. The exhibit will be found on the third floor of the Museum Complex located at 110 W Howard St., Pontiac. The public is invited to both the ribbon cutting and the portrait session. The exhibit will be open daily from 9:00AM to 5:00PM through August. Questions can be directed to Pontiac Tourism at 815-844-5847.
June 4, 2004, fifteen years ago, our Association took up residence at our current location, 110 Howard Street in Pontiac, Illinois!
Previous to this location, our “home base” was at the Dixie Truckers Home in McLean, Illinois and consisted of little more than a display with some plaques. But in 2003, the late Betty Estes who was the head of Pontiac tourism at the time, offered us the vacant fire house in Pontiac as a headquarters for our growing Association. As they say, the rest is history! Our Hall of Fame and Museum has flourished and thrived – and expanded – all these years in Pontiac!
Our Hall of Fame and Museum is a terrific primer on the allure of Route 66 to whet your appetite for a journey along her storied miles. We hope you’ll visit our facility this season – again or for the first time. Knowledgeable and friendly folks are always there to share stories about Route 66 and our extensive collection of artifacts and memorabilia.
Admission is FREE and we’re open 7 days a week (Holiday exceptions: Easter Sunday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.)
Summer Hours (start April 1st)
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Winter Hours (start November 1st)
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
See you in Pontiac!
Turkey Tracks is a quaint attraction along Illinois Route 66 where you can actually see turkey tracks in the pavement in Nilwood. Ron Wichern, a local farmer has graciously hand made a new Turkey Tracks sign denoting the location of the tracks. Our Motor Tour will stop by the Turkey Tracks on June 9 between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM.
Recent visitors to our Hall of Fame and Museum in Pontiac, Illinois may have been disappointed to discover that the Bob Waldmire converted school bus that resides behind our building was closed for the cold weather. We want to let everyone know that the bus will open and ready for touring season on Saturday, May 4 (the same day of the Red Carpet Corridor Festival). We hope you’ll add a visit to this charming, unique display at our museum when you’re in Pontiac!