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Litchfield in Montgomery County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Route 66

 
 
Route 66 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, October 2, 2020
1. Route 66 Marker
Inscription.  Route 66, one of the original highways in the US Highway System, was established on November, 11, 1926. It became one of the most famous roads in the US, passing through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

Route 66, also called "The Mother Road", "Main Street of America", and "The Will Rogers Highway" currently covers 2,448 miles (3,940 km). It starts in Chicago at Grant Park, at the intersection of Jackson Boulevard and Michigan Avenue. It ends in Santa Monica California at the Santa Monica pier. Montgomery County, IL sports 25 miles of Route 66.

There are many different alignments on Route 66, which is why the recorded length of the road, when it started, (2,400 miles) is different than the current length of the highway. Litchfield is lucky enough to lay claim to two of these alignments: the 1930-1940 and the 1940-1977.

This sign was made possible through a grant from the W. Darrell Kilton Foundation.
 
Erected by W. Darrell Kilton Foundation.
 
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Route 66 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, October 2, 2020
2. Route 66 Marker
Marker is the second from the left.
list: Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the U.S. Route 66 🛣️ series list.
 
Location. 39° 10.625′ N, 89° 39.989′ W. Marker is in Litchfield, Illinois, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Old Route 66 North south of West Kirkham Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is in front of the Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center, with other markers. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 334 Old Rte 66 N, Litchfield IL 62056, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The American Radiator Plant Cornerstone (here, next to this marker); Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center (here, next to this marker); The Vic Suhling Sign (here, next to this marker); The Litchfield Community High School 1924-1997 (a few steps from this marker); Litchfield's Wind Mill Factory (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ariston Café, Litchfield, Illinois (within shouting distance of this marker); Fine Dining on Rte 66 (within shouting distance of this marker); Litchfield, Illinois (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Litchfield.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 9, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 51 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 9, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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