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This is a place to find articles about Route 66 that may be of interest to you as you begin to learn about The Mother Road.

We hope you enjoy what you find here because we know you’re Never Too Young to be a Roadie!

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World's Largest Catsup Bottle Turns 66!

2015FestivalFlyer.jpgHappy Birthday to the world-famous Route 66 landmark as it turns 66 years old!!

It is officially summer and that means the 17th annual Brooks World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Festival Birthday Party and Car Show is right around the corner! The day is Sunday, July 12, 2015, and this year we have a NEW LOCATION at Woodland Park! Thanks to a new partnership with the Collinsville Area Recreation District, all of the fun and excitement will be held at the city’s Woodland Park!

All the usual family favorites will return: ketchup tasting, hot dogs smothered-in-ketchup eating contest, hula hoop competition, water balloon toss, Big Bottle Bike Ride, St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders, and the C.I.A. Cruzin' In Antiques Car Show.

Interact on social media with the hashtag “#CatsupFest” and check out the photo gallery from last year.

Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway Launches “Selfies On 66” Campaign!

Out exploring Route 66 in Illinois? Take a selfie! Be creative and capture yourself and friends at Illinois Route 66 landmarks or even more out-of-the-way harder to find sites along the road. Take your "selfie" and post it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #MyIL66.

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Motor Tour 2014 Recap - Through the Eyes of Participants

Here it is - the official recap for our 25th annual Motor Tour! Some participants were kind enough to share their memories and photos of this exciting event that took place June 13-15, 2014. Read on to experience your very own Motor Tour adventure through their words and images!

The Friedrich Family

By Josh Friedrich

On Friday, June 13, after I got off work, we piled into the van and made our way to Edwardsville for their Route 66 Festival and the kick off to the 25th Annual motor tour. I was looking forward to seeing all our 66 friends and making some new ones this weekend. The downtown was full of people, vendors, and sweet and savory smells. We picked up our tour packet from Cathie and Marty, said hello to John Weiss, and then made our way over to see two of our favorite authors. Joe Sonderman and Chery Eichar Jett just released their new Arcadia book, Route 66 In Illinois, and Joe released a new hardback, Postcards From Route 66. I picked up each and promptly had them personally autographed. Now it was time to find some dinner and we chose a food truck called Pickerill's Pick'n 'N' Grinn'n BBQ. We had a dirty, filthy dog, a dirty dog, and BBQ cheese fries. Everything was great!

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Dirty Filthy Dog, Edwardsville Rt 66 Festival, photo courtesy Josh Friedrich

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.

World's Largest Catsup Bottle For Sale

Our thanks to Mike Gassmann, "Big Tomato," at World's Largest Catsup Bottle, Inc., for providing the following press release about a certain big condiment container's future.

For those of you in the St. Louis area, and for those of you who are members of our Facebook page, this news will be of little surprise: yes, the Catsup Bottle is for sale.

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Unity Route 66 Flea & Farmers Market Opens in Joliet, IL

Our thanks to Mac Willis, President of new Association Business Member, Unity Community Development Corporation, for providing the following information about an exciting new event in Joliet, IL.

Unity Community Development Corporation in Joliet Illinois is excited to announce a brand new county wide event called the Unity Route 66 Flea & Farmers Market is opening in the Joliet area.

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Route 66 and Social Media

By Marcia Gascho

I love Facebook! In the past few years my husband and I have discovered how easy it is to share photos with many of our friends. Because we take several Route 66 trips a year, we started a Facebook page just to post our vacation photos. The page is called “Route 66 Journeys with Bruce and Marcia.” We have 80 members, some are “famous” and some are international. Often when I see my Facebook friends in person, they comment on how much they enjoy looking at our Route 66 adventures.

Marcia Gascho & Bob Lile
At Bob’s art studio in Amarillo after our personal tour

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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.