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!
The Road Ahead Partnership is looking out for the future of Route 66. The annual meeting of their Board of Directors was held on February 22 and 23 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
We are sorry to report that Dee Pincsak passed away the afternoon of Sunday, February 17.
Dee and her husband Gene are At-Large Board members of our Association. A memorial service will be held at a future date.
Updated details: The visitation will be this Saturday, February 23, from 12:00 noon – 2:00 PM at the Jackson Funeral Chapel, located at 250 N. McKinley Ave in Rensselaer, Indiana. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 PM. Dee’s obituary can be viewed on the Jackson Funeral Chapel website.
We are saddened to report…
One of our association’s most active preservation workers, Mike Cummings has passed away. He died from a blood clot on December 30th. This was as a result of an icy fall he had just after Thanksgiving. He had an operation to repair a broken bone due to the fall. He was recuperating at home.
Mike Cummings’ wake will be at Kurtz Memorial Chapel
65 Old Frankfort Way in Frankfort, IL
Friday, January 4, 2019 from 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Here are some comments from Association members whose lives were touched by Mike:
Mike paid for, built and directed the assembly of the motorcycle case at the Odell station. (He also prepared the motorcycle for display). He designed, donated and paid for all the awards for the charity cancer fundraiser car show at Odell. He was part of our painting crew at the Mill in August (see page 26 of the current 66 News). He was part of most preservation projects, large and small for many years.
~ John Weiss
There are no words…
~ Kathy Miller
Years ago Marty (Blitstein) met Mike Cummings at Delmar’s Restaurant in Blue Island eating French Toast wearing a 66 t-shirt. Marty went over to talk with him and gave him his card. They ended up having breakfast together and Marty gave him a membership application and a newsletter. They continued to meet and have breakfast as Del Mar’s was “Mike’s” place. Both their jobs changed but through 66 they stayed in touch. Mike would hand deliver his dues to Marty every year.
Mike came down to the museum, and went out west to meet Bob Waldmire and spent time on the bus with him. Mike is one of the few people that actually stayed with Bob and lived on his bus. Bob painted the whole interior of Mike’s Mustang engine compartment for him.
When Mike was in a horrible car accident out west, the Mustang was totaled. None of Bob’s artwork on the interior of the engine compartment was damaged and the car was shipped back to him. Mike saved it for his Waldmire collection that he started after meeting Bob.
Mike was a generous, good natured man who survived a lot of accidents and surgeries. He loved his bikes and would visit at Pontiac and then say “Got to go it’s just a beautiful day to ride.” Mike was an excellent photographer and had a series of photos of sunsets out west on Route 66 that were spectacular that he shared with us a couple of months ago.
We have lost an amazing, generous soul.
~ Cathie Stevanovich
Oh my gosh! This is so sad – condolences to everyone. He just repainted the sails at the Mill with John and John this summer.
~ Geoff Ladd
Governor Rauner is planning a motorcycle ride down Route 66 on Sunday August 26! He plans is to stop at the Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum in Pontiac, Illinois around 10:00 A.M.
For further information, visit the governor’s Facebook page:
Register to participate in the ride at:
Fabulous news about the future of Route 66! The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Route 66 Centennial Commission Act on July 16, 2018. The Act’s purpose is to honor Route 66 on its centennial in 2026.
Read a complete account of this decision on Route 66 News.
The Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum in Pontiac, Illinois will be closed on Sunday, April 1 in observance of Easter Day.
The facility will re-open on Monday, April 2 operating on our Summer hours, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
We hope to welcome you to our FREE museum and take you back in Route 66 time!