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Towanda in McLean County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

1954 Route 66 Alignment

66 Roadside Attraction

 
 
1954 Route 66 Alignment Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, September 29, 2020
1. 1954 Route 66 Alignment Marker
Inscription.  The Towanda, Il. Route 66 Parkway stretches 1 mile in front of you and 2.5 miles behind you. You are standing on the 1954 alignment of Route 66. The original 1926 two lane Route 66 is behind you and to the right and just up this road and to the right along with Dead Man's Curve. This exhibit was created by students and teachers from nearby Normal Community High School and Illinois State University along with volunteers from the Towanda community.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Route 66 Roadside Attractions, and the U.S. Route 66 series lists.
 
Location. 40° 33.988′ N, 88° 54.004′ W. Marker is in Towanda, Illinois, in McLean County. Marker is on Old U.S. 66 south of North Jefferson Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located off Route 66 Bike Trail, which runs parallel with Old Route 66. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 N Jefferson St, Towanda IL 61776, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pure Oil Truck Stop (within shouting distance of this marker); 1926 Route 66 Alignment
1954 Route 66 Alignment Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, September 29, 2020
2. 1954 Route 66 Alignment Marker
Marker is located off the Route 66 Bike Trail, which runs parallel with Old Route 66.
(about 500 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); Normal, Illinois (approx. 5.4 miles away); Historic Camelback Bridge (approx. 6.4 miles away); Home of Joseph W. Fifer (approx. 7.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Towanda.
 
More about this marker. This marker (assuming it was by Hampton Hotels Save-a-Landmark program) replaced one with a different font. Pictures of it exist on the Internet.
 
Also see . . .  Route 66 Towanda. For over 20 years, the village of Towanda has helped restore memories and the actual Mother Road. You can read all about the history here. (Submitted on October 9, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
 
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 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 9, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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Oct. 29, 2020