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By Jason Voigt, October 15, 2021
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1Arizona (Apache County), Lupton — Arizona HighwaysSunset Point Rest Area
U.S. Route 66 (US 66 or Route 66), also known as the Will Rogers Highway, the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. US 66 was established on Nov. 11, 1926, with road signs erected . . . Map (db m184319) HM
2Arizona (Apache County), Petrified Forest National Park — Highway of Dreams
Petrified Forest is the only National Park in the country with a portion of Historic Route 66 within its boundaries. You are currently standing where the Mother Road used to be, with the line of telephone poles paralleling its alignment through the . . . Map (db m163277) HM
3Arizona (Apache County), Petrified Forest National Park — Route 66
You are standing near old Route 66. The line of the roadbed and the telephone poles in front of you mark the path of the famous "Main Street of America" as it passed through Petrified Forest National Park. From Chicago to Los Angeles, this heavily . . . Map (db m68904) HM
4Arizona (Coconino County), Flagstaff — Aubineau Building1912
Because of its prime location, this corner, containing two lots, was one of the earliest in Flagstaff to be developed. Pioneer merchant J. R. Kilpatrick built New Town's sixth building here in December 1883. This wooden store building burned in the . . . Map (db m119945) HM
5Arizona (Coconino County), Flagstaff — Downtowner1921 - 1935
The K.J. Nackard family came to Flagstaff in 1912 and opened a small general store at 106 E. Railroad Avenue. The store was successful. In 1921, Nackard built a home on this property, just a stone's throw from the store. Soon afterwards, . . . Map (db m119932) HM
6Arizona (Coconino County), Flagstaff — Museum Club, Flagstaff, ArizonaRoute 66 Roadside Attraction
Beneath the inverted, forked ponderosa entryway awaits an adventure in pioneer history, country-western legends and ghost stories - one of northern Arizona's liveliest landmarks since 1931. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark . . . Map (db m192855) HM
7Arizona (Coconino County), Williams — Adam's Grocery
In 1926, the Old Trails Highway was officially designated U.S. Highway 66, and it became the "Main Street of America." In 1984, Williams was the last Route 66 town in America to be bypassed by the interstate highway system. Built in 1907, this . . . Map (db m33375) HM
8Arizona (Coconino County), Williams — Pollock Building
Built of locally quarried volcanic rock in 1901, this edifice housed a bank and many businesses displaced by the 1901 fire. These included the local newspaper, telegraph office, and eventually Arnold's, a famous Route 66 eatery. In 1928, the Masonic . . . Map (db m33382) HM
9Arizona (Coconino County), Williams — Route 66Gateway to the Grand Canyon
1925 - Williams had two car camps to service travellers along Route 66 and those going to the Grand Canyon. A car camp consisted of cabins that served as both a garage and sleeping quarters. 1936 - An early gas station on Route 66 after a . . . Map (db m193234) HM
10Arizona (Coconino County), Williams — Welcome to WilliamsGateway to the Grand Canyon
Welcome to Williams, Arizona, located in the heart of the Kaibab National Forest at an elevation of 6,770 feet. Founded in 1881, Williams was named for the famous trapper, scout and mountain man, "Old Bill Williams." A statue of "Old Bill" . . . Map (db m193233) HM
11Arizona (Coconino County), Williams — Williams, Arizona
The area around what now is Williams, Arizona, was first explored by a Mountain Man who came to this area in 1876, William Shirley Williams, who was called “Old Bill”. The town site was created by a cowboy named C.T. Rogers in 1879. . . . Map (db m48351) HM
12Arizona (Coconino County), Winslow — Meteor City Trading Post, Winslow, ArizonaRoute 66 Roadside Attraction
A Route 66 icon since the 1940's. Meteor City Trading Post is home to the "World's Longest Map of Route 66." Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site worth seeingMap (db m194738) HM
13Arizona (Mohave County), Kingman — The Powerhouse, Kingman, ArizonaRoute 66 Roadside Attraction
The Powerhouse, Arizona's oldest known reinforced concrete industrial building, generated electricity from 1909 to 1938. After serving as a substation and later a recycling center, it was renovated to its current use and condition in 1997 by the . . . Map (db m193159) HM
14Arizona (Mohave County), Oatman — Durlin Hotel
This property had been placed on the National Register of Historic Places By the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m119948) HM
15Arizona (Mohave County), Oatman — Gold Mining Ghost Town, Oatman, ArizonaRoute 66 Roadside Attraction
This turn of the century gold mining camp was on the original road through the Black Mountains and eventually became Route 66. Burrows came with the miners and still roam the streets today. Get you Kicks on Route 66 in Arizona.Map (db m188974) HM
16Arizona (Mohave County), Oatman — OatmanArizona Territory — "The Ghost Town that refuses to die!" —
World War I was funded partially by the gold out of these mountains in 1912. Oatman boomed from 1910 to the 1920's. Upwards to 8,000 people lived here. Gold mines were closed about 1942. Mines were needed to mine copper for World War II. Blue Ridge . . . Map (db m119942) HM
17Arizona (Mohave County), Peach Springs — Dallas Quasula Sr.October 28, 1932 - August 27, 2010
These grounds belong in spirit and enthusiasm to Dallas Quasula Sr., a member of the Hualapai tribe. Dallas, a tribal councilman and elder, was also a highly regarded citizen of the county and graduate of Seligman High School. Dallas served . . . Map (db m119933) HM
18Arizona (Mohave County), Peach Springs — Historic John Osterman Gas Station
This property was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on March 15, 2012. The John Osterman Gas Station was one of several privately-owned and operated businesses in the town of Peach Springs during the 1920's through the 1950's. . . . Map (db m58605) HM
19Arizona (Mohave County), Peach Springs — Historic Peach Springs Trading Post
This property was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on November 21, 2003. The Historic Peach Springs Trading Post, in downtown Peach Springs circa 1932, was an important commercial enterprise for Peach Springs citizens and . . . Map (db m58607) HM
20Arizona (Navajo County), Holbrook — Santa Fe Railroad
Across the Puerco River, the tracks of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad stretch for miles to the east and to the west. With no landforms or forests to block your view, you can see very long trains from beginning to end. More than 60 trains . . . Map (db m119934) HM
21Arizona (Navajo County), Holbrook — Wigwam Village #6
Dear Mr. Paul Lewis It is my pleasure to inform you that the Wigwam Village #6 at 811 W. Hopi Dr. in Holbrook was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 2, 2002. As you know, the National Register is the official listing . . . Map (db m119936) HM
22Arizona (Navajo County), Joseph City — Jack Rabbit Trading Post, Joseph City, AZRoute 66 Roadside Attraction
Opened in 1949, tourists were drawn to stop and see what "here it is" was all about. Their marketing campaign placed mileage signs along the highway counting down the distance to the oversized jackrabbit.Map (db m192859) HM
23Arizona (Navajo County), Winslow — La Posada Hotel, Winslow, ArizonaRoute 66 Roadside Attraction
Mary Colter's masterpiece, La Posada was one of the last great railroad hotels and known as one of the fanciest on Route 66. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site worth seeingMap (db m192857) HM
24Arizona (Navajo County), Winslow — Standin' on the Corner Park, Winslow, ArizonaRoute 66 Roadside Attraction
This area was dedicated on September 11, 1999 as a tribute to the memorable song of the 1970's that made Winslow, Arizona a town to sing about on famous Route 66.Map (db m36329) HM
25Arizona (Navajo County), Winslow — The Winslow Bridge
This date medallion is from the Winslow Bridge that once spanned the Little Colorado River on historic Route 66 just east of Winslow. Because the river had always proved a daunting impediment to travelers, this bridge crossing became a strategic . . . Map (db m32781) HM
26Arizona (Yavapai County), Ash Fork — Ash ForkFounded 1882
Ash Fork is located near the 35th Parallel where, in the 1850's the Army Corps of Topographical Engineers began surveying a future railroad route. Camels were imported and used as beasts of burden, adding to the colorful history of the region. A . . . Map (db m33442) HM
27Arizona (Yavapai County), Ash Fork — Ash Fork Maintenance Camp #1
Built circa 1926-27 by the Arizona Department of Transportation This building constructed of Moenkopi Sandstone, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Ash Fork Camp location was selected because it is a . . . Map (db m33443) HM
28Arizona (Yavapai County), Ash Fork — Ash Fork, Arizona / The Coming of Route “66”
Ashfork, Arizona Founded 1882 The Coming of Route “66” 1926 Ash Fork was a junction point of the Old Trails (Route 66) and the Grand Canyon – Nogales Highways (US 89), leading to the southern sections of the state. . . . Map (db m33502) HM
29Arizona (Yavapai County), Peach Springs — Grand Canyon Caverns, Peach Springs, ArizonaRoute 66 Roadside Attraction
An Arizona natural wonder in continuous operation since 1927. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site worth seeingMap (db m194739) HM
30Arizona (Yavapai County), Seligman — Delgadillo's Snow CapRoute 66 Roadside Attraction
Juan Delgadillo built the now famous Snow Cap in Seligman, Arizona in 1953 out of scrap lumber.Map (db m119929) HM
31California (Los Angeles County), Duarte — The Trails Restaurant
The Trails Restaurant started small, but vigorous in 1952 on land acquired in unincorporated territory along a two lane road known as Highway 66. A welcome stop for travelers, the steak house earned a reputation for its hefty portions, thick soups, . . . Map (db m52460) HM
32California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — Original Terminus of Route 66Route 66 Roadside Attraction — 7th and Broadway, Los Angeles —
Original terminus of Route 66 (1926-1939) in the heart of the Historic Broadway Theatre District. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site worth seeing.Map (db m189349) HM
33California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — Route 66 & Chicken Boy
America’s Mother Road U.S. Route 66, established in 1926, was one of the original highways of the United States Highway System. It originally ran from Chicago, Illinois in the east to its western terminus in Downtown Los Angeles, on . . . Map (db m130182) HM
34California (Los Angeles County), Santa Monica — Will Rogers HighwayMain Street of America — Route 66 —
Dedicated 1952 to Will Rogers - Humorist - World Traveler - Good Neighbor. This Main Street of America, Highway 66, was the first road he traveled in a career that led him straight to the hearts of his countrymen.Map (db m119616) HM
35California (Los Angeles County), South Pasadena — Rialto Theatre
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.Map (db m161864) HM
36California (San Bernardino County), Amboy — 126 — Amboy and Roy's Café
Amboy, settled as early as 1858, became a water stop when the Southern Pacific Railroad laid its tracks through the Cadiz Valley in 1883-84. Following the course of the railroad and the National Old Trails Highway, Route 66 was opened in 1926. Amboy . . . Map (db m78532) HM
37California (San Bernardino County), Amboy — 69 — Old Route 66
Perhaps no other highway in the U.S. is as fabled as old Route 66. It has been immortalized in song, literature, and even a T.V. series as the main street of America. Automobiles came early to the desert, following the railroad with its reliable . . . Map (db m78574) HM
38California (San Bernardino County), Amboy — Route 66, Amboy, CaliforniaRoute 66 Roadside Attraction
Founded in 1858, Amboy provided a vital rest stop for weary sun drenched travelers seeking a better life in California. Amboy owned and operated by Juan Pollo restaurantsMap (db m193157) HM
39California (San Bernardino County), Amboy — The Story of Route 66
Six panels are mounted on a base, which tell the story of Route 66 . Reading from left to right - Panel 1: The Story of Route 66 Commissioned in 1926 and soon dubbed "The Mother Road," Route 66 was a great asphalt . . . Map (db m33446) HM
40California (San Bernardino County), Barstow — Barstow, CaliforniaRoute 66 Roadside Attraction
One of the finest surviving examples of California's depot-hotels built around the turn of the 19th century. It's also home to the Route 66 "Mother Road" Museum and the Western American Railroad Museum (W.A.R.M.). Recognized by Hampton . . . Map (db m193156) HM
41California (San Bernardino County), Barstow — General Beale Uses Camels
In 1857, under orders to survey a wagon road from New Mexico to California, General Edward Beale followed the 35th parallel to paths opened by Francis Aubry and Lt. A.W. Whipple. Beale’s orders required importation of camels and drivers to . . . Map (db m50561) HM
42California (San Bernardino County), Barstow — National Old Trails Hwy/Route 66
In the early 1920’s, an emigration to California started from the Midwest. Families packed up and headed West on National Old Trails Hwy., and proceeded right along Barstow’s Main street. The depression and dust storms of the 1930’s sent families to . . . Map (db m50530) HM
43California (San Bernardino County), Goffs — Goffs SchoolhouseRoute 66 Roadside Attraction — Essex, California —
The Goffs Schoolhouse served this highway, railway, ranching and mining community from 1914 to 1937. It was restored in 1998 and is now listed on the National Historic Register. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a . . . Map (db m194736) HM
44California (San Bernardino County), Goffs — 65 — Goffs Schoolhouse1914
The first school in Goffs opened its doors for the fall term in 1911 serving the needs of cattle ranches, mining districts, homesteaders, the railroad, and, most of all, the people supporting expanding travel on the National Old Trails Road – . . . Map (db m78575) HM
45California (San Bernardino County), Hesperia — 13 — Rolar’s “66” Gas Station1940’s
This was as close as Hesperia got to Route 66. In 1940, Leroy and Della Rolar opened a service station-cafe on this property to help serve increasing motorists' needs along Route 66. State Highway 31-C became U.S. Route 66 in 1928. Actually . . . Map (db m166730) HM
46California (San Bernardino County), Keenbrook — 146 — Blue Cut
Cajon Pass, separating the San Bernardino and San Gabriel ranges, has long been an important natural gateway. It is traversed by Indian trails, emigrant routes, railroads, and a superhighway. Early in the nineteenth century it became the southern . . . Map (db m119252) HM
47California (San Bernardino County), Needles — Needles El Garces Train Station, Needles, CaliforniaRoute 66 Roadside Attraction
Formerly one of the grandest Harvey House Hotel, Restaurant & Santa Fe Train Stations. The hotel and restaurant were open from 1908 to 1949. The train station closed in 1988. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site . . . Map (db m33445) HM
48California (San Bernardino County), Newberry Springs — Bagdad CaféRoute 66 Roadside Attraction — Newberry Springs, California —
Originally built in the 1950s, this world-famous restaurant was the location of the 1988 film, "Bagdad Café," which became the new name of the restaurant in 1995.Map (db m160081) HM
49California (San Bernardino County), Newberry Springs — 143 — Newberry Springs
The history of Newberry Springs can be traced back more than 20,000 years. Digs at the Early Man Site north of here discovered tools dating prior to 20,000 BC. At that time, much of the land was covered by the prehistoric Lake Manix. Then, around . . . Map (db m119927) HM
50California (San Bernardino County), Phelan — Camp Cajon MonumentHistoric Site
Dedicated July 4, 2019 in commemoration of the original Camp Cajon Monument located about 300' north of this site, and dedicated July 4, 1919.Map (db m158045) HM
51California (San Bernardino County), Phelan — 576 — Santa Fe and Salt Lake Trail1849
Erected in honor of the brave pioneers of California in 1917 by pioneers Sheldon Stoddard, Sydney F. Waite, John Brown Jr., George Miller, George M. Cooley, Silas C. Cox, Richard Weir, Jasper N. CorbettMap (db m157687) HM
52California (San Bernardino County), Rancho Cucamonga — Cucamonga Service Station
The Cucamonga Service Station was built by Henry Klusman in 1915 on the State Route which would 10 years later, be designated as U.S. Route 66. This type and style of station is one of the few remaining that once numbered in the thousands and . . . Map (db m119923) HM
53California (San Bernardino County), Rancho Cucamonga — 490 — Cucamonga Winery
Established by Tiburcio Tapia, to whom the Cucamonga Rancho was granted March 3, 1839 by Governor Juan Bautista Alvarado of Mexico.Map (db m149064) HM
54California (San Bernardino County), Rancho Cucamonga — El Camino Real Bells
The "El Camino Real Bells" have long been in place since the early part of the last century to mark the original route of "El Camino Real" from San Diego to Sonoma in California. The El Camino Real, (Royal Highway or King's Highway), closely follows . . . Map (db m150315) HM
55California (San Bernardino County), Rancho Cucamonga — Historic PavementRoute 66
Directly to your right are examples of the types of pavements used in California highway building during the early 1900s. This road was originally part of the Old Spanish Trail, used by early California explorers and settlers as a stagecoach . . . Map (db m120642) HM
56California (San Bernardino County), Rancho Cucamonga — Magic Lamp InnRoute 66 Roadside Attraction
The Magic Lamp Inn has been a dining tradition on Route 66 since 1955. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site worth seeing. Map (db m158338) HM
57California (San Bernardino County), Rancho Cucamonga — Red HillCity of Rancho Cucamonga Historic Point of Interest
This site sits at the base of the prominent Red Hill Landmark. The early historic importance of the property stems from its proximity to a reliable water source, Cucamonga Creek, and to its location on the major roadway between Los Angeles and San . . . Map (db m117911) HM
58California (San Bernardino County), San Bernardino — World’s First McDonald’s
Dick and Mac McDonald opened the world’s first McDonald’s Self-Service, Drive-In Restaurant on this site in San Bernardino, California, December 1948. They previously operated a successful Drive-In Barbeque Restaurant with Carhop Service on . . . Map (db m120644) HM
59California (San Bernardino County), Victorville — California Route 66 Museum, Victorville, CaliforniaRoute 66 Roadside Attraction
Built in the late 1930s as "Red Rooster," later "Les Pyrenees Restaurant." Museum dedicated to those who lived, passed through and passed on here. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site worth seeingMap (db m193155) HM
60California (San Bernardino County), Victorville — 142 — Emma Jean's
Emma Jean's Holland Burger Cafe a Route 66 icon has been serving up meals to locals and hungry travelers on the highway since 1947. The building was built by Bob and Kate Holland from cinder blocks manufactured at the old fiber tile plant located . . . Map (db m78518) HM
61Illinois (Cook County), Berwyn — A Road Well TraveledThe Ogden Avenue Corridor
This corridor was a gateway into the country’s interior. Several well worn Indian trails were traveled by fur traders and explorers. One trail, the future Ogden Avenue, was improved into a plank toll road creaking beneath the weight of settlers’ . . . Map (db m157105) HM
62Illinois (Cook County), Berwyn — Automobile Love AffairA Traveling Showroom
Route 66 was a traveling showroom for new cars in the 1950s. Bold design, streamlining, chrome, and flaring fins captured people’s imagination. Ogden Avenue became a hub for automobile businesses in the Chicago area. In its heyday, the strip . . . Map (db m157677) HM
63Illinois (Cook County), Berwyn — Berwyn, 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 m159132) HM
64Illinois (Cook County), Berwyn — Cruising the StripRoute 66 on Ogden Avenue
Ogden Avenue was designed for automobiles when the car was king of American culture. A wide street lined with drive-through businesses and convenient parking served both travelers and residents. Drive-in restaurants, service stations, and auto . . . Map (db m157675) HM
65Illinois (Cook County), Berwyn — Eating on the RunFast Food on Ogden Avenue
Looking for a quick bite? After World War I, fast food restaurants sprang up along Route 66, offering cheap and speedy meals for people on the go. Ogden Avenue is still home to many restaurants that were popular during the heyday of the Mother . . . Map (db m157676) HM
66Illinois (Cook County), Chicago — Lou Mitchell's Restaurant & Bakery, Chicago, IllinoisRoute 66 Roadside Attraction
The start of Route 66, A Chicago Institution since 1923, (unreadable) food and friendly hospitality is known the world over.Map (db m189146) HM
67Illinois (Cook County), Countryside — This was "Countryside"Farms and Quarries
Early travelers on Route 66 raced through open lands once they left Chicago. This was truly “countryside,” a rich region of farms and quarries on the outskirts of the city. Few farms remained by the time the City of Countryside was . . . Map (db m157673) HM
68Illinois (DuPage County), Willowbrook — Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket66 Roadside Attraction
The Chicken Basket was established in 1946 born out of a gas station next door that sold fried chicken. It was a Blue Bird bus stop as well as a restaurant and used to have ice skaters on the roof to attract Route 66 travelers. It became Dell Rhea's . . . Map (db m157104) HM
69Illinois (DuPage County), Willowbrook — Get Your "Chicks" on Rte 66The Chicken Basket
Most businesses on Route 66 began as combinations of gas stations, garages, and lunch counters. At the Chicken Basket, tasty food won out over gasoline sales. Throughout the 1940s and 50s, hungry travelers flocked to the popular restaurant. But in . . . Map (db m157100) HM
70Illinois (Grundy County), Gardner — In Appreciation
Thank you to Bob and Peggy Kraft for donating this Route 66 Hall of Fame streetcar to Gardner. The Krafts provided years of food, fun and nostalgia at their Riviera Roadhouse located on Route 66. The Riviera unfortunately burned down on June 8, . . . Map (db m159247) HM
71Illinois (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
72Illinois (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
73Illinois (Livingston County), Dwight — Ambler-Becker Texaco Station, Dwight, IllinoisRoute 66 Roadside Attraction
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
74Illinois (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
75Illinois (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
76Illinois (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
77Illinois (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
78Illinois (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
79Illinois (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
80Illinois (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
81Illinois (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
82Illinois (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
83Illinois (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
84Illinois (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
85Illinois (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
86Illinois (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
87Illinois (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
88Illinois (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
89Illinois (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
90Illinois (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
91Illinois (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
92Illinois (Logan County), Atlanta — "Atlanta: Midway on Illinois' Mother Road" Mural
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 . . . Map (db m160819) HM
93Illinois (Logan County), Atlanta — "Palms Grill Café" Mural
In its early days, weekly dances and bingo nights accompanied the blue-plate specials served at the Palms Grill Café. The "Grill" was also Atlanta's Greyhound bus-stop. You just turned the light on above the door if you wanted the bus to pick you . . . Map (db m160588) HM
94Illinois (Logan County), Atlanta — Bunyon's Statue
During the heyday of Rt. 66, travelers passed hundreds of signs, murals, and other forms of roadside advertising, each hoping to grab its share of attention. Among the more famous of these stood the fiberglass giants created during the 1960s by . . . Map (db m160586) HM
95Illinois (Logan County), Atlanta — Welcome to the Atlanta Route 66 Park
As a respite for Rt. 66 travelers and other visitors, the City of Atlanta invites you to relax and enjoy the Atlanta Route 66 Park. This Information Booth is here to provide you with information about sites to see and things to do in . . . Map (db m162544) HM
96Illinois (Logan County), Atlanta — Wheels of Fortune on 66Business Followed the Highway
Atlanta boomed when Route 66 was built in the 1920s. It didn't last. By 1947 the busy road was rebuilt to bypass town to the east. New businesses flourished on the bypass only to fail again when I-55 replaced the Mother Road in 1977. . . . Map (db m162545) HM
97Illinois (Logan County), Broadwell — Pig Hip Restaurant1937-1991 — At Broadwell Illinois on historic U.S. Route "66" —
Operated for over 54 years by Ernest L. Edwards, Jr. & Family Home of the celebrated Pig Hip Sandwich - baked fresh pork with tomato & lettuce on a toasted bun with the secret sauce The Pig Hip Restaurant Museum with Ernie's fine personal . . . Map (db m156868) HM
98Illinois (Logan County), Elkhart — Route 66 in ElkhartCatering to Travelers
Downtown businesses thrived when Route 66 ran through Elkhart. In 1938, The House by the Side of the Road cafe had an unforgettable customer when actress Shirley Temple stopped for lunch. Afterward, owner J. Smith put a cardboard likeness of the . . . Map (db m156874) HM
99Illinois (Logan County), Lincoln — Lincoln, 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 m158187) HM
100Illinois (Logan County), Lincoln — Postville Courthouse State Historic Site66 Roadside Attraction
Abraham Lincoln practiced law here from 1840-1847. This site is located on the original alignment of Route 66 through Lincoln, Illinois. Free admission.Map (db m156851) HM

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Jun. 27, 2022