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Bucket List: Driving the Entire Route 66 in a 1966 Thunderbird by Two 66’ers

Our thanks to Dianna Pickett for providing the following information about a trek along Route 66 in support of a worthy cause happening now!

Bucket List: Driving the Entire Route 66 in a 1966 Thunderbird by Two 66’ers
Benefitting JDRF - Oregon/SW Washington Chapter
Having Fun While Helping Others

Oregonians Jim Pickett and Joe Roberts will leave September 15, 2014 on their bucket list adventure of driving the entire route of the historic Route 66, also known at The Mother Road. They will also be fundraising for JDRF - the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research.

Marty’s Membership Madness 2014!

It's that time of year again - time for our Membership Chairman, Marty Blitstein's, Membership Special! If you still haven't discovered the joys of joining our Association, here's your chance to go for it - and get a bonus to boot!

Here's the deal!

New members who join between September 11, 2014 and December 31, 2014 will receive an 18-month membership for the price of 1 year!

The Route 66 Association of Illinois Annual Hall of Fame Nominations

Association president Cathie Stevanovich announces that this year's Hall of Fame nomination period will open October 1, 2014.

(This is a reprint of the article written by Kathy Miller. We are reprinting it as it succinctly and accurately details what is needed for nomination.)

Postville image_0.pngThe Route 66 Association of Illinois will begin seeking nominations for the 2015 Hall of Fame. Nominations are accepted from October 1st, to December 31st, 2014.

To qualify for election to the Hall of Fame, Nominees must have made significant contributions to the character or history of the Illinois portion of Route 66. The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to honor and commemorate those people, businesses, attractions, and events that helped give Route 66 such special character and historical status in Illinois.

The committee invites anyone to submit a nomination. It must include a strong fact-based essay. It must include details about the nominee’s contributions to the character or history of the Illinois portion of Route 66. We encourage that photos, news clips, and other memorabilia accompany the essay but they are not required. A panel of historians and Hall of Fame members will judge all nominations.

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

Cool Cars at Illinois State Police Memorial Foundation Motorcycle and Fun Car Run

Thanks to Jeff Geisler for submitting these great photos taken on July 29, 2014 in Dwight, IL during the Illinois State Police Memorial Foundation Motorcycle and Fun Car Run.

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Photo Recap: Our Annual Association Picnic, 2014

Our annual Association picnic was held, once again at beautiful Sugar Grove Nature Center in Funk's Grove, Illinois on Sunday, August 17. It was a terrific day in the fresh air and sunshine where roadies satisfied their appetite for delicious picnic fare and the company of friendly folks.

Picnic attendee, Elaine Stonich, was kind enough to share her delicious photos of the picnic with us and we in turn, share them with you. Bon appétit!

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Scenic Byway Delivers Route 66 Interpretive Statues

Our thanks to Geoff Ladd, Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway, for providing the following information for us to share:

Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway delivers series of interpretive statues in nine communities along the Mother Road

A new series of interpretive statues and corresponding wayside panels are in the process of being installed in nine Route 66 communities along the famous highway in Illinois. The Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway coordinated the project, which was funded through grants from the Federal Highway Administration's National Scenic Byway Program and the Illinois Office of Tourism.

Bill Kelly, Executive Director of the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway, explained the significance of this latest series of interpretive exhibits along Illinois Route 66. “Statues tell the story of The Road in a way that is unique and unexpected by visitors. They also serve as a fun photo opportunity”, said Kelly. The Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway in the past has also worked with community partners to develop a series of 31 wayside exhibits and 14 experience hubs that have already been installed for the enhancement of the Route 66 experience for the traveler.

The “shadow statues” are so nicknamed because they are two-dimensional iron statues depicting a famous scene from the history of Route 66 in Illinois.

Running north to south, the interpretive statues are as follows:

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Godley - Miner & Mule – an interpretation of the strip-mining of black diamonds in the communities of Braidwood, Coal City, Carbon Hill, Diamond, and Godley that begun in the mid-1800s and ended in 1974.

Pontiac, IL Calendar of Events, Through 2014

Thanks to Pontiac, IL tourism director, Ellie Alexander, for providing the following calendar of events for the city. Let's enjoy great times in Pontiac!

Click to view the most recent Pontiac, IL calendar of events.

Strevell House Gets New Lawn

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL tourism director, Ellie Alexander, for providing the following press release for us to share:

The exterior appearance of the historic Strevell House in Pontiac, Illinois, recently underwent a major, and quite noticeable, improvement. After months of preparation, the weedy, patchy, and neglected lawn at the 1855-era home has been completely replaced with new sod. Under the direction of Collins Miller, a member of the Livingston County Historical Society’s Strevell House Committee, workers unloaded and placed new grass at the 401 West Livingston Street location.

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Truck Traffic Threatens Route 66 in Will County

Read this very informative article from the Herald-News concerning the impact of heavy truck traffic congestion upon historic Route 66 in Will County, IL. Our preservation chairman, John Weiss, weighs in with his enlightened opinion on this subject.

Read Route 66 historian says truck traffic threatens Route 66 from the Herald-News.

Pontiac Featured in Wing World Magazine

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, for bringing an awesome article about Pontiac in Wing World Magazine.

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Download the article and read Pontiac, Illinois, Route 66's Spiritual Home.

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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.