“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Hamel in Madison County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Truckin Down 66 - Cassens Transport and Hamel

Tourist Haven Resaurant

Wayside Marker at Hamel image. Click for full size.
By Mike Camero, circa September 2014
1. Wayside Marker at Hamel
Wayside interpretive stations use illustrations, pictures, and audio recordings to explore historical sites.
Inscription. It Began with Four Cars -

Cassens Transport began in 1931 when Albert and Arnold hauld four new cars from Detroit to their father George's dealership in Hamel. By 1941, Cassens had a fleet of 35 car transporters operating from its terminal next to the Tourist Haven Restaurant.

Photo Caption: A load of cars on "Old Number 1" transporter arrives in Hamel in September, 1933. Bedsheets protected the windshields from low-hanging branches.

Commercial trucking boomed on the roads in the 1920s and 30s. Trucking companies, truck stops, service garages, and a " Brotherhood of Teamsters" created a national road culture. Based originally in Hamel, Cassens Transport has hauled new automobiles to regional dealerships since 1931.

Tourist Haven Restaurant (across the street) - George Cassens (third from left) opened the Tourist Haven Restaurant next to his terminal in 1937 to serve Route 66 travelers and Cassens drivers. His wife, Louise, managed it. It has since been sold and operated under several names, which are displayed on the interior walls of this classic Route 66 roadhouse.

Memories of a Waitress - Anna Rode worked at the Tourist Haven Restaurant soon after it opened from 1938-1940. Press to hear Anna Rode describe her experiences working at the Tourist Haven.
"Welcome to Hamel" Billboard and Hamel Wayside Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Camero, circa September 2014
2. "Welcome to Hamel" Billboard and Hamel Wayside Marker
Weezy's Restaurant in the background on the right.

Erected by Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway.
Marker series. This marker is included in the U.S. Route 66 marker series.
Location. 38° 53.3′ N, 89° 50.733′ W. Marker is in Hamel, Illinois, in Madison County. Marker is on State Road 157 (Old U.S. 66), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. This marker, a Wayside Exhibit, is located on the northern edge of Hamel City Hall property. It is co-located with a small "Welcome to Hamel" billboard and is across the street (Old Route 66) from Weezy's (originally the Tourist Haven Restaurant). Marker is at or near this postal address: Hamel City Hall,111 Old US Rte 66, Hamel, IL 62046, Hamel IL 62046, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Russell (was approx. 7.9 miles away but has been reported missing. ); In grateful memory of the early settlers. (approx. 7.9 miles away); In Memory of Dr. Thomas R. Yates (approx. 7.9 miles away); Cleaon Etzkorn Bandstand (approx. 7.9 miles away); Edwardsville National Bank Clock (approx. 8 miles away); Site of Abraham Lincoln's Speech (approx. 8 miles away); Benjamin Stephenson House (approx. 8 miles away); Edwardsville (approx. 8.1 miles away).
More about this marker. The nonprofit group "Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway"
has established wayside exhibits along Old Route 66 in Illinois. The one at Hamel is number 17. Each wayside was placed at a site with historic significance and tells the story of the site’s relationship to Route 66. The interpretive stations use illustrations, pictures, and audio to explore each site.

Each Wayside also has a passport stamp that can be collected by simply placing a piece of paper over the
raised engraving and using a pencil to make a rubbing of the stamp.
Also see . . .  Courtesty - Illinois Route 66 Org.:. (Submitted on October 6, 2014.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2014, by Mike Camero of Edwardsville, Illinois. This page has been viewed 345 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 4, 2014, by Mike Camero of Edwardsville, Illinois. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.
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