Share Your Bob Waldmire Memories

bob.jpgOur friend and Route 66's, Bob Waldmire, passed away nearly 3 years ago on December 16. As we look back and remember Bob, his unique personality, distinctive artwork and dedication to the Mother Road, we are curious about what your memories of Bob are.

Please do us all the favor of sharing your Bob Waldmire memories here on our website. Simply leave them in the comments section of this post. It will be an incredibly moving and joyful tribute to one of Route 66's fiercest advocates. Thank you in advance for sharing your memories of Bob with all of us!

To further commemorate Bob, on Saturdays only, starting on December 15,2012, twelve Bob Waldmire art prints will be available as a gift with donation at $5.00 each or 3 for $12.00 at our Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 110 W Howard St, Pontiac, IL.


The 8 1/2" x 11" prints depict iconic Route 66 locations, illustrated in Bob's distinctive style and each comes in its own envelope. These art prints will make wonderful gifts for the roadie in your life.

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Traveler wrote on May 19, 2014 - 1:07am:

I was privileged to know Bob Waldmire during the last few years of his life, as my family used to visit him in his Hackberry store whenever we travelled through Arizona. He was a consummate artist, principled in his beliefs and uncompromising. He had so many projects going, and seemed to all too well aware that he would not live long enough to accomplish too many more of them. I was sad to hear when he sold his store for next to nothing, because that was his base and he was accessible there to the public. His bus and VW van were ingeneously built homes, his talents were in so many areas, and he was a unique and largely unknown true American Treasure. I miss him a lot.

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