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

Original Washington Street Route 66 Bricks

 
 
Original Washington Street Route 66 Bricks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, September 29, 2020
1. Original Washington Street Route 66 Bricks Marker
Inscription.  For decades the bricks to build this pathway were covered by asphalt on Washington St. in Pontiac. They were unearthed during a road work project in 2008. Until 1930 this stretch of Washington Street was the detour route for Illinois Route 4 (SBI 4), the predecessor of Route 66, as it passed through downtown Pontiac. These bricks have been reclaimed to once again be used by travelers on "The Mother Road".
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the U.S. Route 66 🛣️ series list.
 
Location. 40° 52.856′ N, 88° 37.747′ W. Marker is in Pontiac, Illinois, in Livingston County. Marker can be reached from North Main Street. Marker is located behind the Illinois Route 66 Association Hall of Fame and Museum (110 West Howard Street). There is a parking lot accessible to the outdoor exhibits in the back. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 321 N Main St, Pontiac IL 61764, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Original Route 66 Wishing Well & Sign Countryside, Illinois 1941-2007 (here, next to this marker); The Bob Waldmire Road Yacht
Original Washington Street Route 66 Bricks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, September 29, 2020
2. Original Washington Street Route 66 Bricks Marker
The bricks are on the left
(a few steps from this marker); Pontiac City Hall and Fire Station (a few steps from this marker); Historic Route 66 Illinois (within shouting distance of this marker); Pontiac, Illinois (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Memorial - Livingston County Illinois (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Livingston County War Memorial (about 300 feet away); Desert Storm - War Memorial (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pontiac.
 
Original Washington Street Route 66 Bricks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, September 29, 2020
3. Original Washington Street Route 66 Bricks Marker
The brick road is in front of the Route 66 mural, behind the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 26, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 33 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 26, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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Feb. 26, 2021