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Litchfield in Montgomery County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Vic Suhling Sign

 
 
The Vic Suhling Sign Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, August 14, 2019
1. The Vic Suhling Sign Marker
Inscription.  
Vic Suhling first leased this property from Charles and Maude Modlin. He built a new gas station and erected this Vic Suhling/Gas for Less sign. He later purchased this property from them in 1961. The business closed in 1968…. but not for long. It was purchased by Paul Stewart, who opened "Stewart's Deep Rock" gas station. The station was operational until 1973 when it closed for good. The property was sold in 1989 to Yo Cho Hameric, a bar owner on the south side of Beeler Street. She razed the building on October 19, 1990. Whatever plans she had for the lot did not materialize as the property sat vacant for the next 20 years. The property was purchased again by Martha Jackson for the purpose of building the Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center. Throughout all of the ownership changes, this neon light stood as a testament to the former businesses. The sign was purchased by Martha Jackson on June 14, 2011 to help make the connection between the history of Route 66 and the history of Litchfield. Through a matching $16,000 grant from the Route 66 Association of Missouri, spearheaded by Nick Adam, the sign was refurbished and a relighting
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ceremony was held on October 26, 2013.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWomen. In addition, it is included in the U.S. Route 66 series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1961.
 
Location. 39° 10.629′ N, 89° 39.991′ W. Marker is in Litchfield, Illinois, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Route 66 North and West Kirkham Street, on the left when traveling south on Old Route 66 North. Marker is in front of the Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 334 Old Rte 66 North, Litchfield IL 62056, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center (here, next to this marker); Route 66 (here, next to this marker); The American Radiator Plant Cornerstone (a few steps from this marker); The Litchfield Community High School 1924-1997 (a few steps from this marker); The Litchfield Car and Machine Company (a few steps from this marker); Schutt Mosaic (within shouting distance of this marker); George Gustavus Lafferty (within shouting distance of this marker); Litchfield's Wind Mill Factory (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Litchfield.
 
Also see . . .  Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center website
The Vic Suhling Sign Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, August 14, 2019
2. The Vic Suhling Sign Marker
Sign is in the background
. Visit Litchfield website entry (Submitted on March 30, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 30, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 229 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 30, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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