Our Big News: Spring 2017 Edition

We hope you’ll be joining us this year for our 28th annual Motor Tour! This year’s tour theme is Road Trip! and boy is it going to be a blast as we explore Illinois Route 66 from Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11.

But here’s a good question: What will you be doing come Monday morning, June 12?


We have a suggestion: How about crossing the Chain of Rocks Bridge with us? Yes, you read right - we’ve arranged a RARE opportunity to cross this iconic bridge that spans the mighty Mississippi from Madison, Illinois to St Louis, Missouri!

Curious about the significance and history of the Chain of Rocks Bridge? Click here to read all about it on nps.gov.

cor il map.pngThis historic bridge has been part of Route 66 since 1936; it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. In recent years, crossing, for the most part, has been restricted to only pedestrian and bicycle traffic. On rare and fortunate occasions, however, a permit is issued for vehicles to cross the bridge. And THAT is exactly what we’ve obtained - permission to cross the bridge for two hours on that soon-to-be-historic morning!

We hope you’ll join us for this exciting event! You don’t need to be a member of our Association - but, as always, we’d love to include you among our members. Bring your camera - there are many scenic photo ops along the 1+ miles of Warren Truss architecture (for all you “bridgeophiles” out there)! Be sure to snap a pic of the bridge’s unique, 22-degree “dog-leg!”

Here are the details for our Chain of Rocks Bridge crossing by vehicle:

Where: Chain of Rocks Bridge, Illinois side (Detailed directions available soon!)

Date: Monday, June 12, 2017

Time: 10:30 AM (subject to change)

Crossing fee: $5.00 per vehicle

Bonus: Each vehicle to cross with us will receive a Bob Waldmire Chain of Rocks art print, suitable for framing (regular price $5.00 each)


Once across the bridge, we’re hoping to stop into Ted Drewes to enjoy some fabulous frozen custard. The way home will be up U.S. 270 to Route 66.

Are you making plans yet?

For more information, contact:
Marty Blitstein

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