The Route 66 Association of Illinois

The Route 66 Association of Illinois

Our mission is to preserve, educate, promote and enjoy Route 66 in Illinois

Illinois Attractions & Towns

Illinois Attractions & Towns

Visit these attractions and towns along Route 66 in Illinois for a nostalgic family fun!

A nostalgic trip through Americana

A nostalgic trip through Americana

Learn about this historic highway and why Route 66 is an American treasure worth preserving.

Another Exciting Motor Tour!

Another Exciting Motor Tour!

Our 2014, "Making Memories" Motor Tour, commemorating our 25th Anniversary, was a fun celebration of the Mother Road, with some new and exciting activities and stops for participants to enjoy. Read and see it here!

Membership

Membership

Please join our association's efforts to preserve, promote, educate and enjoy Route 66 in Illinois.

Here are some helpful and informative sources to help you along your Route 66 journey. We've assembled a collection of web sites and information that are sure to add to your knowledge and appreciation of the Mother Road.

Web Links
Historic Maps
Town Along The Road
Sign up for our Day Tripper email announcements
View the Day Tripper Archives

Preservation is one of our core missions. With our motto of 'we work for food' our members paint, build, repair, clean, and fight to preserve all that is Route 66.

What is Preservation?
Hall of Fame Inductees
Our Museum
Preservation Projects and Announcements

Events Along The Road

2nd Annual 6.6 on Route 66 08/15/2015 - 8:30am
Association Picnic 2015 08/16/2015 - 10:00am
Berwyn Cruise Nites 08/18/2015 - 6:00pm

Association Events

Association Picnic 2015 August 16, 2015 - 10:00am
Fall Quarterly Meeting October 18, 2015 - 10:00am

Your Spring Route 66 Wardrobe: Solved!

Available now!

Ringer Tshirt designA new version of a classic! This ash gray "ringer T" shirt features a black band at the neck and sleeves. It was originally available in 1989, featuring Bob Waldmire's familiar and beloved design - and this year, we're bringing it back. It may have been lost for many years, but it definitely hasn't been forgotten!

Still Available!

Waldmire Tshirt artwork_1.pngOur black T-shirt is made of 100% American grown, harvested and spun cotton, is preshrunk and is even sewn in the USA.

Both the new gray and the black are available for the same price - your choice!

$15 (sizes S, M, L, XL)
$16 (size 2XL)
$17 (size 3XL)
+ $5 shipping each (US only)

Mail your check for t-shirt(s) specifying your color preference (gray or black) to:

Route 66 Association of Illinois
110 Howard St
Pontiac, IL 61764

Profits from the sale of both of these made in the USA T-shirts will help support preservation efforts of the Bob Waldmire bus, located behind our Association Hall of Fame and Museum at 110 Howard St in Pontiac, IL.

Association Picnic 2015

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

Sunday, August 16, 2015
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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).

Click to view photos from our picnic from last year in this story, and plan to come picnic with some great folks this year!

Official 2015 Motor Tour Logo

It's ready! The official logo for our 2015 Motor Tour, entitled, "Miners, Mobsters and the Mother Road!" The Motor Tour, our signature annual event will take place June 12 - 14, this year beginning north, in Berwyn, IL. This logo will appear on our Motor Tour registration forms, T-shirts and Motor Tour giveaway materials.

Our dedicated Motor Tour committee has already been diligently at work making plans for this, our 26th annual trek along the Illinois section of Route 66.

Our thanks to the exceedingly talented folks at Diaz Sign Art in Pontiac, IL for creating such a striking design!

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“Route 66, My Home Away from Home,” by Chester Henry, for Sale

Hall of Fame Inductee, Chester Henry, (1993) has written a book about his experiences as an Illinois State Patrol officer along Route 66 from 1957-1984. His book, entitled, Route 66, My Home Away from Home, is now available for sale and we are helping spread the word about this unique account of the Mother Road during its heyday.

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Livingston County Historical Society Pictorial History Books for Sale

Livingston County book .jpgThe Livingston County Historical Society has available a limited number of copies of the 2014 edition of the Livingston County Pictorial History book. The books are currently being offered for sale at the P.R.O.U.D. of Illinois Marketplace store, located on the square in Pontiac at 218 North Main Street. The book captures, in text and images, the history of our area. Between the hardback covers there are over 1,400 pictures, including a 16 page section of breathtaking color images. There are special sections on prominent businesses, churches, clubs, and tributes. With 264 pages of vivid history, the 2014 edition includes many images never before seen, most of them supplied by local citizens.

The books would make a great Christmas gift for the history buff in your family. Copies are priced at $49.95. Shipping is available for a small extra charge, so the books may be sent to friends or relatives who have left the area but still have ties to the community. For more information, call the P.R.O.U.D. store at (815) 844-6692.

Yost House Volunteers Honored

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL's Director of Tourism, Ellie Alexander, for providing the following information:

Members of the Livingston County Historical Society’s Yost House Museum committee gathered at Bernardi’s Restaurant on Wednesday, October 8th to celebrate the service of some of the volunteers who have contributed greatly to the ongoing success of the Yost House Museum.

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The Yost House is located at 298 West Water Street in Pontiac and was built at the turn of the twentieth century (1898). The Z.F. Yost family was one of Pontiac’s most active families during their time in Pontiac. When the last member of the family passed away in the 1980s, the house, and all of the family’s belongings were given to the City of Pontiac. The Historical Society has, for more than 20 years, overseen the operation and general maintenance of the Queen Anne-styled home. The Yost Museum is one of Pontiac’s most interesting historic homes due to the fact that during its nearly 100-year entire life, it was owned and lived in by a single family. Inside the home visitors will find the furniture, decorations, clothing, silver service, several sets of hand-painted china, and an art collection that was amassed over the nearly 100 years that the Yost family lived there.

Pontiac Installs New Interpretive Statue Along Route 66

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL's Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander for sharing this update on the installation of their new interpretive statue:

Gmail_-_Writey_Tidy.pngOne of Pontiac’s most important Route 66 heritage sites has recently been given an exciting new element. The old Illinois State Police District 6 headquarters, located south of town along Historic Route 66, now has an interpretive statue and a corresponding wayside story panel celebrating the motorcycle patrolmen who served to enforce laws and protect travelers along the Mother Road. 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. The iron silhouette of a mounted patrolman is one of nine cut-out statues being added to selected locations along the road in Illinois.

Winter Hall of Fame and Museum Hours Begin November 1

Beginning November 1, 2014, our Hall of Fame and Museum switches to Winter Hours, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily.

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We look forward to seeing you and providing a unique, comprehensive and FREE Route 66 experience!

110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL 61764

(815) 844-4566

Hall of Famer, Chester Henry, Writes Book About Route 66 Experiences

We are very excited to report that Hall of Famer Chester Henry, retired lieutenant of the Illinois State Police has written a book about his experiences along Route 66 in Illinois, both as a resident and an officer. Mr Henry will be conducting two book signings of his memoir, entitled, “Route 66, My Home Away from Home,” at our Hall of Fame and Museum, 110 W Howard St, Pontiac, IL, on October 25 and November 1.

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2014 All-Pontiac Cruise and Car Show Slideshow

Our friend and car-lover Dave Sullivan attended the 2014 All-Pontiac Cruise and Car Show on September 20 -21. Dave was kind enough to send an abundance of photos from this event from the towns of Pontiac and Dwight, IL which we are happy to share here with you.

Happy drooling, car buffs!

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Membership
110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL, 61764
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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.

Here's How!

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.

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