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Broadwell in Logan County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Pig Hip Restaurant


— At Broadwell Illinois on historic U.S. Route "66" —

Pig Hip Restaurant Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, September 27, 2020
1. Pig Hip Restaurant Marker
Inscription.  Operated for over 54 years by Ernest L. Edwards, Jr. & Family

Home of the celebrated Pig Hip Sandwich - baked fresh pork with tomato & lettuce on a toasted bun with the secret sauce

The Pig Hip Restaurant Museum with Ernie's fine personal collection of Route "66" memorabilia & artifacts was destroyed by fire on 5 March 2007 just prior to Ernie's 90th Birthday

But U.S. Route 66 "The Mother Road" Endures Forever

A concrete symbol of America's Freedom & Opportunity

Always in the hearts and minds of her sons and daughters
Erected 2007.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the U.S. Route 66 series list.
Location. 40° 4.041′ N, 89° 26.686′ W. Marker is in Broadwell, Illinois, in Logan County. Marker is on North Frontage Road east of West Oak Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 North Frontage Road, Elkhart IL 62634, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lincoln's Elkhart Connection (approx. 3.6 miles away); Elkhart Cemetery (approx. 3.6 miles away); 1917 Krupp K-14 Light Artillery Cannon (approx. 3.7 miles away); Elkhart Public Library (approx. 3.7 miles away); Route 66 in Elkhart (approx. 3.8 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.8 miles away); Lincoln-Latham-Douglas at the Kentucky House (approx. 3.8 miles away); Heritage Corner (approx. 3.8 miles away).
Regarding Pig Hip Restaurant. During and after the "Mother Road's" existence, Ernie Edwards' Pig-Hip Restaurant was one of the most popular restaurants and tourist stops in central Illinois. Edwards (1917-2012) bought the restaurant at age 24 when it was known as Wolf's Inn. He would change the name to Harbor Inn, because of the restaurant's wallpaper. Edwards would make it a chicken-and-beer stand for many years, until finally he would make pig-hip sandwiches. He is quoted by saying that "the ham comes from the left hip, never the right hip". As the marker says, Edwards would live to see his landmark restaurant burn down. Famous customers who visited the Pig-Hip Restaurant include former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Arnold Palmer.
Pig Hip Restaurant Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, September 27, 2020
2. Pig Hip Restaurant Marker
The sign (which was saved and restored in 2012 as a memory to Ernie Edwards) is in front of the marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 27, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 394 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 27, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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