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Ninety Years | Ninety Memories

November 11, 1926 was a special day… the day a thoroughfare across the heartland of the U.S. was established; the day Route 66 was born. That means that later this year our beloved Mother Road will turn 90 years old.

better cake.jpgAs a way to mark this auspicious occasion, we’re compiling a list of your memories of Route 66. How about a nice round number, like 90 of them? If we start now, we should have no trouble at all coming up with 90 memories that recall fun, nostalgic and endearing times spent along Route 66. Throughout her lifetime, the Mother Road has brought people together and shortened the distance between America’s destinations. She has supported businesses, travelers and lifestyles along her 4000+ miles. How has Route 66 touched your life?

New Association Cookbook!

Available soon!

The 3rd edition of our Association cookbook is coming soon!

It's chock full of 200 recipes from cooks along the road!

$10.00 in person
(Watch this site for places to purchase.)

$15.00 via mail (wrapped in bubble wrap and shipped within the Continental US).

Association Picnic 2016

picnic sign.jpgAll are cordially invited to attend our annual Association picnic on

Sunday, August 21, 2016!

It will again be held at Sugar Grove Nature Center in Funk's Grove, IL
4532 N 725 East Road, McLean, IL 61254 (right off Route 66)

Map to this location

www.sugargrovenaturecenter.org

  • Our picnic is free of charge; the Association provides all food and soft drinks.
  • Feel free to bring a dish to share if you'd like.

The Waldmire Road Yacht Talks!

by Preservation Chairman, John Weiss

When visitors to Pontiac stop to see Bob Waldmire's Road Yacht, they immediately want to know all about it: What its significance is and why it's on display at the Route 66 Association of Illinois Museum and Hall of Fame. The outside of the converted schoolbus is certainly interesting but most people want to explore the treasures that fill the inside as well. Unfortunately, the converted school bus can only be open to the public when an attendant is stationed inside.

Recently we added a message repeater system next to the front door to provide visitors with information about the bus even when no attendant is on site. The three minute message tells folks about the Road Yacht and Bob Waldmire and even includes a one minute message spoken by Bob himself. It also directs folks to the Bob Waldmire exhibit in the building behind the Road Yacht.

New Display Cases for the Museum!

by Museum Curator, John Wille

The Route 66 Association of Illinois recently purchased six new display cases for the Museum and Hall of Fame in Pontiac. With these cases we are able to more prominently display the memorabilia of our newest hall of Fame members. They provide room for future displays as well as for some items we currently have in storage. They also give the museum a fresh appearance. It is a lot of fun changing items around and adding new displays. As Route 66 approaches its 90th year and the museum moves toward its 12th year, visitors will have a new look to experience. Your are cordially invited to come see our new cases and the treasures they contain!

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Breaking Ground for New Hotel in Pontiac, Illinois

Pontiac’s newest hotel has taken the first big step towards its completion, which is expected in 2016. A group of city officials, representatives from the Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce, the Pontiac Hotel Developers, LLC, Hotel Development Services of Oxford, Ohio, and the hotel’s new management team, Monchino Management LLC of Herrin, IL, conducted the ground breaking ceremony on Wednesday, December 2nd at the site of the new hotel near the Interstate 55 interchange.

The new hotel, a Hampton Inn, will offer 79 rooms for guests plus meeting spaces for small groups. The project has been nearly two years in the preparatory stage and is ready to begin the 6 million dollar construction phase of the project. Construction will be fully underway in the spring of 2016.

Motor Tour 2016

Watch this page for details as they're determined for Motor Tour 2016!

Date:
June 10, 11 & 12, 2016

Direction:
South - North

Kickoff:
Edwardsville Route 66 Festival
Friday, June 10, 2016

Highlights to include:
Blue Corridor Carpet

Hall of Fame Banquet:
Grand Magnuson Hotel
Carlinville, IL

Route 66 Mural Earns National Geographic Calendar Cover

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL tourism director, Ellie Alexander, for providing this information for us to share with you.

Pontiac’s own world’s largest painted Route 66 shield mural is the featured cover photograph on one of National Geographic’s 2016 promotional calendars. The Route 66-themed calendar includes 12 stunning images taken along the historic “Mother Road.” Pontiac’s shield mural is the image for December, and was selected as the calendar’s impressive cover photo.

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Web Site Survey Now Available!

To our enthusiastic website readers:

Our beloved website is showing her age. What happens when a website gets old? Well, it means the platform on which it runs is no longer being supported. In other words, the technology that makes the website work behind the scenes is becoming obsolete. That causes the site to experience technical glitches and be difficult to post content to. Perhaps the most significant issue for our aging website is that in its current version, it is completely ignored by google searches due to the fact that it’s not mobile responsive; and as more people utilize their mobile phones and tablets to visit our site, this is unacceptable. She had a good run in her present incarnation - she’s served us faithfully since 2008, and seven years in technology terms is positively elderly. The time to get current has arrived.

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We’d like to take this opportunity to do more than simply revamp the website, however. We’d like to make some changes to both what we present and how we present it. We’ve got some juicy ideas and plans of our own but we want to make certain that we take into account you, the readers, needs, wants and preferences.

Cruisin’ with Lincoln Visitor’s Center

Lincoln66_LogowTM.jpgTravelers looking to take to the road this season can get their kicks on Route 66 in a big way in the Bloomington-Normal area. The new Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center located on the ground level of the McLean County Museum of History in historic downtown Bloomington is your ticket to the Mother Road. This new site is a partnership of the McLean County Museum of History, the Illinois Office of Tourism and the Bloomington-Normal Convention and Visitors Bureau. The center serves as a gateway - the only one of its kind in the area, an information hub for all area attractions and sites including restaurants, historic Route 66 sites, parks and historic communities. There is a large kiosk that features area attractions with a focus on things to see and do in the area. The partnership anticipates national and international travel to increase along the Route with the addition of this new site to the community.

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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.