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Near Pontiac in Livingston County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Motor Police

Patrolling Bloody 66

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, September 29, 2020
1. The Motor Police Marker
Inscription.  The Illinois State Police was formed in 1922 to protect motorists.

Twenty officers patrolled the state on surplus World War I Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Radio-equipped cycles revolutionized communications in the 1930s. The ISP shifted toward squad cars and ended motorcycle patrol in 1949.

Illinois Maintenance Police

Overweight trucks damaged the new hard roads. In 1921, the IMP was formed to protect roadways.

Resurrecting the Motor Patrol

In recent years the Illinois motorcycle patrol has made a comeback, mostly in cities. Motorcycles are agile for quick response and easily concealed for monitoring traffic. They also are familiar escorts for parades and presidents.

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·An IMP motor patrolman weighs a truck using a "loadometer" in 1921.

·The Illinois State Police Motor Patrol gathered in Mt. Carmel in 1927.
 
Erected by Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Law Enforcement
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By Jason Voigt, September 29, 2020
2. The Motor Police Marker
With its supplemental silhouette statue
Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the U.S. Route 66 🛣️ series list.
 
Location. 40° 51.058′ N, 88° 39.335′ W. Marker is near Pontiac, Illinois, in Livingston County. Marker is on Old U.S. 66 0.3 miles north of E 1500 N Rd, on the right when traveling south. Marker is outside the decommissioned Illinois State Police Office station. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15551 Historic Hwy 66, Pontiac IL 61764, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Protecting Travelers (within shouting distance of this marker); Citizenry Mourn Lincoln (approx. 2.2 miles away); Fell Leads The Way (approx. 2.2 miles away); Livingston County G. A. R. Civil War Memorial (approx. 2.2 miles away); Lincoln Slept Here (approx. 2.3 miles away); Riverbank Debate (approx. 2.3 miles away); Mill Stones (approx. 2.4 miles away); Lincoln Stranded Here (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pontiac.
 
More about this marker. This is one of nine Wayside Exhibits erected by Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway that has an interpretive statue next to it.
 
Also see . . .
1. Illinois State Police Office (NPS). From the National Parks Services' website, this talks about the history of Illinois State Police, as well as the state police office outside of Pontiac. It was used from
The Motor Police Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, September 29, 2020
3. The Motor Police Marker
Marker and its statue are both outside the former Illinois State Police station, which was in use until 2003.
1941 to 2003, and is considered a historic Route 66 landmark. (Submitted on October 28, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 

2. Illinois State Police Office (Pontiac) on Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 28, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 28, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 28, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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Feb. 28, 2021