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October 2011


Rededication of Streetcar Diner

Friday, November 11, 2011 - 11:00am

Rededication of the newly re-restored Streetcar Diner
Gardner, IL
(Located next to the Two-Cell Jail)

11:00 AM

Bob and Peggy from the Riviera will be there!

This day is also the 85th Birthday of Route 66. What a great way to celebrate this special occasion - with a rededication of this iconic Route 66 attraction! Preservation efforts like these are what keep Route 66 alive and well for today and for future generations.

We hope you can attend the ceremony!

New Junior Newsletter Webpage!

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Look up! Up in the menu along the top of our website! Click on the Junior Newsletter link to see the newest page on our site! There you'll see what we're now offering for the Young Roadies - their very own online newsletter, Adventure Journal. The premier issue is ready to read now with your Young Roadies. From this page, you'll be able to access each new issue as they are created, especially with the Mother Road's youngest fans in mind.

Joliet Area Historical Museum Craft & Import Beer Tasting Event

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 5:30pm - 9:00pm


Pontiac Oakland Museum's Exciting Acquisition

Thanks to Pontiac Tourism for providing the following information for us to share.

Pontiac racer.jpgThe Pontiac-Oakland Museum & Resource Center, 205 N. Mill St. Pontiac, Illinois has announced that a very special automobile related to Pontiac history will go on display in the museum. The car is the earliest known Pontiac race car, successfully competing for the first time in August 1926, Pontiac's introduction year. This one-of-a-kind Pontiac will be delivered to the museum by the owners, Arnold & Lois Landvoigt, of Savage, Maryland on Monday, October 24, 2011 at 1:30pm. Anyone wishing to see and hear the car run should come to the museum at that time. The Landvoigts are leaving the car to be displayed at the museum for nearly a year.

Strevell House Receives Donation

Our thanks to Pontiac Tourism for providing the following press release for us to share from the Livingston County Historical Society:

Livingston County Historical Society
115 West Howard Street
Pontiac, Illinois 61764

********** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE **********

28 October 2011

Strevell House Receives Bryne Trust Donation

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(Left to Right) Thomas Ewing (Chairman – Strevell House Committee), Bob Sear (LCHS President), Louis Lyons (Bryne Trust Trustee), Donovan Gardner (Strevell House committee member)

Preservation Committee Year-end Meeting

Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 7:00pm

The Preservation Committee of the Route 66 Association of Illinois will hold its year-end meeting on November 19, 2011.

Route 66 Family Restaurant
Old Route 66, Dwight, IL
7:00 PM
(however, it is recommended that you arrive at 6:00 PM and have something to eat. The food at this restaurant is outstanding!

According to Preservation Committee Chairman, John Weiss, 2011 has been a very productive year for Route 66 preservation and 2012 promises to be even more exciting. John says, "Many potential projects are currently being discussed. Please try and attend to learn more. As most of you know, our meetings are never dull or boring. Come and enjoy the camaraderie and friendship of like-minded folks."

For more information, contact John Weiss at 815-458-6616.


Happy 85th Birthday, Route 66!

Friday, November 11, 2011 (All day)

Please, stop for a moment to reflect on this day: 85 years ago, on November 11, 1926, Route 66 became an official U.S. Highway and continued as such for 49 years.

Although she's now considered a "Historic" road, we still appreciate her contributions to America and all that she, the Mother Road, stands for.

On this, her 85th birthday, we vow to continue our mission to "Preserve, Educate, Promote and Enjoy Route 66" here in Illinois and all along her nostalgic miles to California.

Viva, Route 66!

Luna Cafe Sign to be Relighted!

We thank Jim Thole for providing the following information about the relighting of the neon Luna Cafe sign!

luna photo.jpgGreetings to all of you Illinois Route 66 Association Board Members!

Folks, you don't want to miss this one!

Please join your fellow roadies on Saturday evening October 22, 2011 for the special relighting event of the classic neon sign at the historic Luna Cafe in Mitchell, Illinois.

Please find attached for your reference and review the official announcement that I sent to various media sources.

Spooky Fun Along Route 66

In the "spirit" of the Halloween season, we'd like to bring some spooky fun along Route 66 to your attention.

Spirits of Tours/Timeless Presentations bill themselves as, "The" Central Illinois Historic Entertainment Company. We bring history ALIVE!"

In fact, they're having an event this Saturday, October 8th at The Mill in Lincoln, IL:

SAT 10/08: THE MILL LIVE! GHOST INVESTIGATION! In Lincoln IL! Join the Spirits of Bloomington team as we return to an old haunt. Who has been disturbed during the renovation? 9:30pm $20

Check out their website and their Calendar of Events for some Halloween frights and fun.

Got Content?

EditorWe welcome your Route 66 news, stories, photos and events for publication in our newsletter or on our web site!

Submit it here

Send us your change of address to:
110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL, 61764
or use our handy contact form

Learning to use our calendar puts the fun and adventure of Route 66 at your fingertips. It's easy to discover the when, what and where of events along the road.

Here's How!

Historic Maps

Highway GuideWatch Route 66 evolve into The Mother Road  with maps and highway guides from 1917-1992 courtesty of the official Illinois Digital Archives.