Towanda in McLean County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Pure Oil Truck Stop
In 1963, Eddie Baize became owner/operator of this stop. In 1965, Pure Oil merged with Union 76, and the truck stop became Eddie's Pure/Union 76 Truck Stop. With its location relative to Chicago and St. Louis, this truck stop, in its prime, averaged 30 customers per hour.
In 1976, due to interstate highway site requirements and sewage treatment regulations this facility closed its doors. It had provided a home for truckers, and they became part of the fabric of Towanda. Today Pure Oil will be remembered as a significant feature of Historic Route 66.
Topics and series. 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 1952.
Location. 40° 34′ N, 88° 53.994′ W. Marker is in Towanda, Illinois, in McLean County. Marker is on Old U.S. 66 west of North Jefferson Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located off the Route 66 Bike Trail, and near the Fast Stop gas station. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 204 N Jefferson Street, Towanda IL 61776, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1954 Route 66 Alignment (within shouting distance of this marker); 1926 Route 66 Alignment (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dead Man's Curve (about 600 feet away); Henderson's Standard (approx. 0.2 miles away); End of the Journey (approx. 0.7 miles away); Illinois Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's School (approx. 5.1 miles away); Normal, Illinois (approx. 5.4 miles away); A Station and a Home (approx. 5.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Towanda.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 9, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 237 times since then and 142 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 9, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.