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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Livingston County, Illinois

Clickable Map of Livingston County, Illinois and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Livingston County, IL (47) Ford County, IL (2) Grundy County, IL (12) Kankakee County, IL (16) LaSalle County, IL (86) McLean County, IL (107) Woodford County, IL (5)  LivingstonCounty(47) Livingston County (47)  FordCounty(2) Ford County (2)  GrundyCounty(12) Grundy County (12)  KankakeeCounty(16) Kankakee County (16)  LaSalleCounty(86) LaSalle County (86)  McLeanCounty(107) McLean County (107)  WoodfordCounty(5) Woodford County (5)
Pontiac is the county seat for Livingston County
Adjacent to Livingston County, Illinois
      Ford County (2)  
      Grundy County (12)  
      Kankakee County (16)  
      LaSalle County (86)  
      McLean County (107)  
      Woodford County (5)  
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1 Illinois, Livingston County, Cayuga — Meramec Caverns Barn66 Roadside Attraction
This nostalgic barn has been restored by volunteers of the Route 66 Association of Illinois Preservation Committee. August 30, 1998Map (db m157025) HM
2 Illinois, Livingston County, Chatsworth — The Chatsworth WreckMidnight August 10-11, 1887
One-half mile north on the Toledo, Peoria and Western Railroad occured one of the worst wrecks in American rail history. An excursion train- two engines and approximately 20 wooden coaches - from Peoria to Niagara Falls, struck a burning culvert. Of . . . Map (db m30042) HM
3 Illinois, Livingston County, Dwight — 1879-1979
In 1879, Leslie E. Keeley, M.D., a Civil War surgeon; Major Curtis J. Judd, a retired Army officer and bookkeeper; and John R. Oughton, a chemist, formed the first institution to recognize and medically treat alcoholism as a disease. The Leslie E. . . . Map (db m158335) HM
4 Illinois, Livingston County, Dwight — A Well Connected VillageHistoric Dwight
The architecture of Dwight has always attracted Route 66 travelers. The Keeley Institute for treating alcoholism was founded here and brought the Village national attention. As the institute gained popularity, Dwight became a “model . . . Map (db m158401) HM
5 Illinois, Livingston County, Dwight — Ambler-Becker Texaco Station, Dwight, IllinoisRoute 66 Roadside Attraction Reported permanently removed
Built in 1933, Ambler's Texaco was the longest operating service station to pump gas on historic Route 66. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site worth seeingMap (db m189147) HM
6 Illinois, Livingston County, Dwight — Cardiff, Illinois
The village of Cardiff was built on this site in 1899, after the discovery of underground coal deposits. A mine was sunk and a relatively large town developed within months. The town, originally known as North Campus, incorporated as the Village . . . Map (db m47311) HM
7 Illinois, Livingston County, Dwight — Dwight, IllinoisWelcome to Route 66 Illinois
(front:) Route 66, the Mother Road, is an American icon that symbolizes romance and freedom of the open road. Born in 1926, Route 66 was one of the first numbered U.S. highways, journeying 2,500 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles. Today, . . . Map (db m158308) HM
8 Illinois, Livingston County, Dwight — Full Service on Rte 66A Friendly Refuge in Dwight
The Ambler-Becker Texaco Station operated longer than any service station on Route 66. It was run by local families for 66 years, from 1933-1999. Flats were fixed, breakdowns towed, and at times, the spirits of weary travelers restored. . . . Map (db m158375) HM
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9 Illinois, Livingston County, Dwight — Mom and Pop MotelsThe Paulsen-Strufe Motel
During the heyday of Route 66 from the 1930s to the 50s, there were no motel chains. Instead, local families operated small campgrounds, cabins, and motor courts. The Paulsen-Strufe Motel, built in 1935, was more than just a place to stay; it . . . Map (db m158384) HM
10 Illinois, Livingston County, Dwight — Pioneer Gothic ChurchWelcome to Dwight
The Pioneer Gothic Church was built in 1857. The Architecture is called Carpenter Gothic Architecture. One of Dwight's founders Richard P. Morgan, Jr. donated the land for the church. The Historical Society raised $29,000 to completely renovate the . . . Map (db m158331) HM
11 Illinois, Livingston County, Dwight — Shifting RoadwaysChanges Driven by the Auto
Lions Lake is a testament to the changing face of Route 66. Dwight started as a farming community on the Chicago & Alton Railroad. When automobiles began replacing horses, people demanded better roads. Borrow pits, like Lions Lake, supplied the . . . Map (db m158382) HM
12 Illinois, Livingston County, Dwight — The WindmillWelcome to Dwight
The Windmill is located on what was formerly the Oughton Estate. It was built in 1896 to supply water to the Oughton Estate. In 1977 the Ohlendorf family replaced the head with a new one shipped from South America. This head was again repaired in . . . Map (db m187600) HM
13 Illinois, Livingston County, Dwight — War Memorial
(center:) In Honor and Memory of those from the Dwight Area who died while serving their country. (left:) Albert Tunberg - Army - WWI Harald Christopher - Navy - WWII Marion Asa - Navy - WWII Thomas Wiemken . . . Map (db m158334) WM
14 Illinois, Livingston County, Dwight — Welcome to Dwight
The Citizens of Dwight would like to invite you to visit not only the four Historic Landmarks pictured above, but to view the many other historic sites nestled within our village. The Pioneer Gothic Church was built in 1857 and is presently used as . . . Map (db m158336) HM
15 Illinois, Livingston County, Odell — 1932 Standard Oil Gas Station, Odell, IllinoisRoute 66 Roadside Attraction
This restoration is a project of the Route 66 Association of Illinois Preservation Committee. Identified November 9, 1997 on the National Register of Historic Places.Map (db m157019) HM
16 Illinois, Livingston County, Odell — Odell Pedestrian Tunnel
From 1926 to 1946 this road was known as the "Mother Road" or Route 66 During this period traffic was so congested that it became necessary to build an underground passage to safely cross church goers and school children. You are now standing . . . Map (db m157023) HM
17 Illinois, Livingston County, Pontiac — A Bridge to the PastFrom Route 4 to City Street
This venerable old bridge enters its golden years serving slow traffic on a city street, but it started life in the fast lane of the "hard road." In 1924, Illinois Route 4 became the first paved road to connect Chicago with St. Louis. Only two . . . Map (db m158825) HM
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18 Illinois, Livingston County, Pontiac — An Underground CrossingLadd School Subway
Civic leaders welcomed Route 66 through Pontiac in 1926 as a boon for business. However, parents were concerned about their children crossing this "dangerous speedway.' As a solution, the State Highway Commission excavated a tunnel under the . . . Map (db m158311) HM
19 Illinois, Livingston County, Pontiac — Citizenry Mourn LincolnLooking for Lincoln
Left Section When word of President Lincoln’s assassination came, most of Pontiac’s male population had not yet returned from the Civil War. But their wives and children remained, and when word was received that the special train . . . Map (db m29731) HM
20 Illinois, Livingston County, Pontiac — Civil War Memorial - Livingston County Illinois
In Memory of All Soldiers and Sailors of Livingston CountyMap (db m29753) HM
21 Illinois, Livingston County, Pontiac — County Seat Almost MovedLooking for Lincoln
Left Section Riding the Eighth Judicial Circuit, Lincoln pleaded cases in Livingston County’s first courthouse located on this site. But these events almost did not come to pass. The town proprietors had promised a courthouse, which two . . . Map (db m29675) HM
22 Illinois, Livingston County, Pontiac — Desert Storm - War Memorial
On boulder In Honor of our Desert Storm Veterans 1990       1991 Dedication Plaque May 17, 1992 - - a special dedication, memories - - sweet n’ bitter recollections. August 1990, U.S. troops deployed to a . . . Map (db m29759) WM
23 Illinois, Livingston County, Pontiac — Fell Leads The WayLooking for Lincoln
Top Section Photo Lincoln’s good friend Jesse Fell had more to do with shaping early events in Livingston County and Pontiac than any other man. He named the county and, in 1837, was instrumental in having the county seat located here. . . . Map (db m29727) HM
24 Illinois, Livingston County, Pontiac — Historic Division Street Bridge66 Roadside Attraction
The original bridge was built in 1926 as part of Route 4. On November 11, 1926, the alignment of Route 4 through Pontiac became US Route 66. In early days, the highways were marked with paint using a stencil on utility poles and on bridge end posts. . . . Map (db m157015) HM
25 Illinois, Livingston County, Pontiac — Historic Route 66 Illinois
You are traveling on one of the most famous roads in the world. On September 25, 2005, Illinois Route 66 was designated as a National Scenic Byway by the U.S. Department of Transportation.Map (db m158309) HM
26 Illinois, Livingston County, Pontiac — Jones House1858
The Oldest Brick Home in Pontiac, Illinois A restoration project of the Livingston County Historical Society The Jones House is listed on the National Register of Historic PlacesMap (db m29757) HM
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27 Illinois, Livingston County, Pontiac — Lincoln Slept HereLooking for Lincoln
Upper Section When Abraham Lincoln rode into Pontiac that rainy day, he found few cabins, and those were so scattered and hidden among the clumps of bushes that they were rendered almost invisible. Lincoln stayed overnight in a log . . . Map (db m29683) HM
28 Illinois, Livingston County, Pontiac — Lincoln Speaks at ChurchLooking for Lincoln
Left Section Abraham Lincoln spoke in the little Presbyterian Church on the northwest corner of Livingston and Mill streets on Jan. 27, 1860, shortly before being nominated for the presidency at the Republican . . . Map (db m29719) HM
29 Illinois, Livingston County, Pontiac — Lincoln Stranded HereLooking For Lincoln
Left Section In February 1855,Abraham Lincoln was with a group of sixty passengers stranded in Pontiac after a train, bound for Springfield from Chicago, became mired in a snowdrift just this side of where the village of Cayuga was . . . Map (db m29717) HM
30 Illinois, Livingston County, Pontiac — Lincoln Visits StrevellLooking for Lincoln
Left Section While sitting up late the night of January 27, 1860, in the Pontiac home of Jason Strevell, Abraham Lincoln predicted he would be nominated for the vice presidency of the young Republican party. In a letter to . . . Map (db m29725) HM
31 Illinois, Livingston County, Pontiac — Lincoln Wins His CaseLooking for Lincoln
Left Section Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas were opposing attorneys during Livingston County’s first regular term of circuit court, which was held on this site May 18 and 19, 1840, in Henry Weed’s log cabin. In the first . . . Map (db m29676) HM
32 Illinois, Livingston County, Pontiac — Livingston County G. A. R. Civil War MemorialOur Missing Heroes
In memory of our missing heroes 1861 - - 1866Map (db m32577) HM
33 Illinois, Livingston County, Pontiac — Livingston County War Memorial
Center section In honor of the men and women of Livingston County, whose dedication and service to their country will never be forgotten. (Seals - Branches of the United States Military) Left section Korea . . . Map (db m29756) WM
34 Illinois, Livingston County, Pontiac — Mill Stones
Pontiac would not have become the successful city it now is without the presence of the early mills which ground grain, sawed lumber, and manufactured wool for the settlers of the area. The earliest mill was built on the bank of the Vermilion River . . . Map (db m158820) HM
35 Illinois, Livingston County, Pontiac — Original Route 66 Wishing Well & Sign Countryside, Illinois 1941-200766 Roadside Attraction
Route 66 has become a nostalgic symbol of Americana. This display honors just one of the many mom & pop businesses that served weary travelers on the Mother Road. At it's original location, many thousands of people from around the world stopped to . . . Map (db m163373) HM
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36 Illinois, Livingston County, Pontiac — Original Washington Street Route 66 Bricks
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 . . . Map (db m163376) HM
37 Illinois, Livingston County, Pontiac — Patrolling "Bloody 66"Hard Road Cops
Route 66 was one of the most dangerous roads in the nation, earning it the nickname “Bloody 66.” From this District 6 Headquarters building, State Police patrolled the hard road between Dwight and McLean. They enforced safety laws . . . Map (db m158312) HM
38 Illinois, Livingston County, Pontiac — PontiacThe City of Pontiac is named for this Intrepid Warrior
Pontiac organizer of the conspiracy which bears his name, was born on the Maumee River in what is now Ohio, in 1720. As Chief, he led the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians at Braddocks (sic) defeat July 9, 1755. When France surrendered Canada to the . . . Map (db m29751) HM
39 Illinois, Livingston County, Pontiac — Pontiac City Hall and Fire Station
This property has been placed on the National Register Of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Circa 1900Map (db m163375) HM
40 Illinois, Livingston County, Pontiac — Pontiac, IllinoisWelcome to Route 66 Illinois
(front:) Route 66, the Mother Road, is an American icon that symbolizes romance and freedom of the open road. Born in 1926, Route 66 was one of the first numbered U.S. highways, journeying 2,500 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles. Today, . . . Map (db m158306) HM
41 Illinois, Livingston County, Pontiac — Protecting TravelersState Police Headquarters
This building was home to state troopers who risked their lives every day patrolling Route 66. By the 1940s, Route 66 carried more traffic than any other highway in the state. The Illinois District 6 State Police Headquarters was built . . . Map (db m158812) HM
42 Illinois, Livingston County, Pontiac — Riverbank DebateLooking for Lincoln
Photo Text - Upper Section Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, young attorneys who had faced each other earlier in Livingston County’s first court case, later the same day debated political issues at this very site. At the Old . . . Map (db m29689) HM
43 Illinois, Livingston County, Pontiac — The Bob Waldmire Road Yacht
Bob Waldmire was born near Springfield in 1945. His prolonged passion for Route 66 began in 1962 when his parents took the entire family on a motoring trip to California via Route 66. During that trip, Bob fell in love with the Mother Road and all . . . Map (db m163377) HM
44 Illinois, Livingston County, Pontiac — The Log Cabin InnTurning with the Times
Route 66 provided a steady income for family businesses like Joe and Victor "Babe" Selotis' Log Cabin Inn. Joe barbecued beef and pork on a spit out back, while Babe filled gas tanks and fixed flats. When Route 66 was relocated to the backside . . . Map (db m158821) HM
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45 Illinois, Livingston County, Pontiac — The Motor PolicePatrolling Bloody 66
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 . . . Map (db m158810) HM
46 Illinois, Livingston County, Pontiac — W. W. I War Memorial - Livingston County Illinois
1917 – 1919 In memory of the soldiers sailors and nurses of Livingston County who made the supreme sacrifice during the World War Row One George E. Personette • William Durre • Burt McCoy • Victor V. Vahldieck . . . Map (db m29778) WM
47 Illinois, Livingston County, Pontiac — W. W. II War Memorial - Livingston County Illinois
Etched in Stone In memory of those men and women of Livingston County who served in World War II 1941 - 1945 Bronze Marker 1941 – 1945 To the eternal memory of the men of Livingston County Global . . . Map (db m29785) WM
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Nov. 30, 2023