Preservation Efforts

Chester Henry: A Look at a True Hall of Famer

In anticipation of the announcement of our 2014 Hall of Fame inductees, here's a story about one of our earliest, Chester Henry of the Illinois State Police.

Our friend, Ron Warnick, who runs Route 66 News recently pointed us to a terrific story in the Bloomington Pantagraph about one of our earliest Hall of Famers, Chester Henry, who was inducted in 1993. Chester is 82 years old now and happily enjoying his retirement from law enforcement.

Read Ron's recap of the article on Route 66 News, Route 66's Lifeguard.

Hall of Fame and Museum Summer Hours Begin April 1

Come visit our Museum and Hall of Fame!

110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL 61764

Summer hours (April 1 - October 31):
Open 7 days a week!
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Look at our Hall of Fame and Museum page here on our website to learn all about this awesome Route 66 attraction!

Former Mayor of Odell, Ed Seal, Has Passed Away

Our thanks to Preservation Chairman, John Weiss, for passing along the following information:

Ed Seal, past mayor of Odell, IL and an active preservation member has passed away. If it wasn't for all the efforts of Ed when he was mayor of Odell, the station project may not have been possible. The Route 66 Association Preservation Committee is very thankful for all that he has done.

Services for Ed will be held at the Duffy Funeral Home in Odell at 315 E. Vermillion on Saturday, January 18th from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Burial will follow at the Odell Union Cemetery. For information call 815-998-2143.

Join Our Association - Get a Gift!

Extended AGAIN through April 30, 2014!

The following membership special has been extended through February 28, 2014!

Your membership dollars make our preservation efforts possible!

For as little as $20, you can become an Individual member of our Association.

Members receive our quarterly publication, The 66 News, for their reading enjoyment, a decal, laminated membership card and our undying thanks for helping us to further our Association's mission to preserve, promote, educate and enjoy Route 66 in Illinois.

There are lots of things you can do with $20 a year but can any of them go as far as we can stretch them to help preserve Route 66 treasures?

“WRT66” On the Air!

The antique radio station on the second floor of the museum was recently activated.This marks the first time that it was actually used to broadcast a live radio show. The award winning WRLR 98.3 radio station from Round Lake Heights, Illinois joined up with a UK “Fabulous 50s” station,Forest FM 92.3, who were touring and broadcasting live along Route 66 in Illinois.

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"Get Your Kicks on Route 66" Car Show Update

Thanks so much to our Preservation Chairman, John Weiss, for the following update:

On May 1, 2013 there was a, “Get your Kicks on Route 66,” car show in downtown Pontiac, IL. This event generated over $800.00 for local cancer programs.

Also during this time, two trees, complete with plaques, were dedicated in the historic town square to the memories of Betty Estes and Lenore Weiss.

Read the whole story of the: "Get Your Kicks on Route 66" Car Show celebrates dedication to the Mother Road.

Wanted: Your Best Recipes!

2nd CookbookCover_0.jpgWe're hungry for your recipes to include in the new edition of the Route 66 Association of Illinois Cookbook! Submit recipes for any type of dish - for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert or snack.

Please help make our 3rd edition cookbook a reality. We’re waiting for your recipes - up to 5 of your personal and family favorites - to deliciously fill the pages of this mouth-watering recipe collection!

We’re willing to tip our hand to encourage you to send us recipes to complete the cookbook... Our new cookbook will include recipes from 3 iconic Illinois Route 66 restaurants:The Pig Hip, Riviera Roadhouse and Ariston Café. Now you can discover the secrets to their delectable specialties!

So sit right down and write up those recipes today! We look forward to receiving your recipes! The sooner you send them in, the sooner we can compile the cookbook and make it available for purchase.

It’s a win-win proposition: You share your delicious recipes with roadies all along Route 66 and they share theirs with you in the pages of the cookbook. Buy a copy for your own kitchen and some for tasteful gifts for friends and family to spread the deliciousness around.

All profits from the sale of our cookbooks will benefit Route 66 Preservation projects throughout Illinois.

Here’s how to get those recipes to us:

Email to: cookylady1215@yahoo.com
Important: Write "Cookbook Recipe" in the Subject line!

or

Mail to:
Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum
c/o Lori Killacky - Cookbook Recipes
110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL 61764

Buy a T-shirt, Save a Road Yacht!

Now Available!

Our exclusive Bob Waldmire design T-shirts are now available for purchase!

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The artwork on this very cool T-shirt was created by Route 66 artist and icon, Bob Waldmire, especially for our Association, back in 1989. Now you can wear Bob's design to show your love of the Mother Road!

This black T-shirt is made of 100% American grown, harvested and spun cotton, is preshrunk and is even sewn in the USA. All profits from the sale will go to the preservation of a most beloved Route 66 treasure, the Bob Waldmire bus, proudly on display behind our Hall of Fame and Museum at 110 W Howard St in Pontiac, IL.

Buy Your Route 66 Pins!

Now available for purchase -

Funk's Grove Midpoint Pin
Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum Pin

$5.00 each

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Special Offer to 25th Anniversary Motor Tour Participants!

By Preservation Chairman, John Weiss

Preservation takes many forms. It can be buildings, roads, signs, structures and objects. Preservation can also be stories and remembrances of people, places and things. Preservation is the heartbeat and soul of our Mother Road, Route 66.

This year the Preservation Committee is doing something that has never been done before and will never do again.

First, some information.This is the 25th Anniversary of the Route 66 Association of Illinois. As a result I wanted to do something pertaining to Preservation that would also commemorate this extraordinary accomplishment.

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EditorWe welcome your Route 66 news, stories, photos and events for publication in our newsletter or on our web site!

Submit it here

Send us your change of address to:
Membership
110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL, 61764
or use our handy contact form

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.