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Atlanta in Logan County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

"Atlanta: Midway on Illinois' Mother Road" Mural

 
 
"Atlanta: Midway on Illinois' Mother Road" Mural Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, September 28, 2020
1. "Atlanta: Midway on Illinois' Mother Road" Mural Marker
Inscription.  Designed by Bill Diaz of Pontiac, Illinois, the "Atlanta: Midway on Illinois' Mother Road" mural captures the spirit of Atlanta's place on Rt. 66. Located approximately 150 miles from both Chicago and St. Louis, Atlanta occupies a central spot in the state where the road began. Bill Diaz designed this 20' x 6' mural on several large metal panels that were then framed together and mounted. The mural was completed in June 2003 during the "LetterRip on Rt. 66" gathering of approximately 100 Letterheads in Atlanta.

The Letterheads are a group of generous and free-spirited sign painters from across the United States and Canada who are interested in preserving the art of painting outdoor signs and murals.
 
Erected by Atlanta, Illinois.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the U.S. Route 66 series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 2003.
 
Location. 40° 15.644′ N, 89° 13.908′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Illinois
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, in Logan County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South East Race Street and SW Arch Street. Marker is located at Atlanta's Route 66 Park, with several other markers. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 107 S E Race St, Atlanta IL 61723, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to the Atlanta Route 66 Park (a few steps from this marker); Field Marker Stone (a few steps from this marker); Knights of Pythias "Memorial Tree" Stone (a few steps from this marker); Wheels of Fortune on 66 (a few steps from this marker); 1870 Atlanta Public School Stone (a few steps from this marker); Drinking Fountain (a few steps from this marker); "Palms Grill Café" Mural (a few steps from this marker); Atlanta High School Cornerstone (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlanta.
 
More about this marker. Marker has limited historical information but is part of the Route 66 series.
 
Regarding "Atlanta: Midway on Illinois' Mother Road" Mural. Atlanta, Illinois, along with nearby village Funks Grove (9 miles northeast), are considered as the "mid-points" of Route 66 in Illinois.
 
"Atlanta: Midway on Illinois' Mother Road" Mural image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, September 28, 2020
2. "Atlanta: Midway on Illinois' Mother Road" Mural
Marker is mounted next to it.
Route 66 Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, September 28, 2020
3. Route 66 Park
Marker is located here, along with several local pieces of history.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 25, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 274 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 25, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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