McLean in McLean County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
A Home on the Road
Dixie Truck Stop
In the 1930s, and '40s, the Dixie offered free weekly shows featuring musical acts or outdoor movies. At intermission, attendees rushed into the truck stop for pie and coffee.
Halfway between St. Louis and Chicago, McLean was on a bustling railroad route. McLean Depot, built in 1853, is the oldest building in town and a rare wooden depot.
Lincoln Funeral Train
McLean Depot is one of only two stations still standing in Illinois that witnessed the 1865 funeral train carrying President Lincoln's coffin to Springfield.
Erected by Illinois
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Entertainment • Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the U.S. Route 66 series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1928.
Location. 40° 18.703′ N, 89° 10.156′ W. Marker is in McLean, Illinois, in McLean County. Marker is at the intersection of Dixie Road (U.S. 136) and South East Street, on the right when traveling west on Dixie Road. Marker is located in front of McLean Depot Train Shop, and across from Dixie Travel Plaza. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 260 Dixie Rd, Mc Lean IL 61754, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (approx. 2.2 miles away); Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup, Funks Grove, Illinois (approx. 4.1 miles away); Bloomington-Normal, Illinois (approx. 4½ miles away); Having a Picnic / A Transportation Corridor (approx. 4½ miles away); Isaac Funk (approx. 4.6 miles away); "Reisch Beer" Mural (approx. 4.8 miles away); "Wisteria Café" Mural (approx. 4.8 miles away); "Wide Awakes" March in Atlanta (approx. 4.8 miles away).
More about this marker. This is one of nine Wayside Exhibits erected by Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byways that has an interpretive statue next to it.
Also see . . . Dixie Travel Plaza on Wikipedia. Known to be one of the first truck stops ever, this iconic (Submitted on September 28, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 28, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 117 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 28, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.