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Bob Waldmire Display in Santa Monica

Bob Waldmire display in Santa MonicaThis was submitted via our website content submission form by Mannie Mendelson of the Last Stop Shop on the Santa Monica Pier.

Mannie tells us he has a huge Bob Waldmire display of photos and notes at his shop.

Click here to view Manny's tribute to Bob Waldmire.

Thanks for sharing, Mannie!

Let's Show Ernie We Care!

Ernie Edwards.jpgErnie Edwards of Pig Hip Resturant fame is currently in a nursing home and we really believe cards and notes would help cheer him up.

You can address them to:
Ernest Edwards
c/o St.Clara's Manor
Room 217
200 Fifth Street
Lincoln, IL 62656

Thank You on behalf of his family.

William Sanders of Sprague's Super Service Passes Away

Association President, Cathie Stevanovich has released the following statement:

We are saddened to report the passing of William "Bill" Sanders, owner of Sprague's Super Service in Normal, IL.

Bill and his wife, Terri Ryburn own the Sprague's Super Service in Normal, Illinois also known as 305 E. Pine, which was elected to the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009.

Route 66 Association of Illinois Annual Hall of Fame Nominations

Thanks, Kathy and Johnny Miller for providing the following information.

large_Pontiac Rt. 66 Museum.jpgNominations into the Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame will be accepted for consideration between January 1 and February 28, 2011. Nominations post marked after the deadline date shall be held for consideration in the following year.

To qualify for election into the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame, nominees must have made significant contributions to the character or history of the Illinois portion of Route 66 in the State of Illinois.

Bob Waldmire's Van Now on Display!

Bob's van on displayWe are thrilled to report that Bob Waldmire's van is officially on display at our Hall of Fame and Museum in Pontiac, IL!

Some of our dedicated volunteers made a day of it at the Museum.

Click to see photos of their workday at the museum when they got the van ready for viewing in its new digs.

Plaque Dedication for Soulsby Station - Mount Olive, IL

Plaque Dedication for Soulsby Station - Mount Olive, IL
102 S. Route 66, Mount Olive, Illinois
Friday, September 24
10:00 AM

Click to read the complete News Release about this event on our website.

Plaque Dedication for Soulsby Station

NEWS RELEASE

The National Park Service, Route 66 Preservation Program announces a plaque  will be presented on September 24 to members of the Soulsby Station Society, to honor their work completing the restoration of the historic Soulsby Service Station.

Built in 1926 by Henry Soulsby from his own design, Soulsby Service opened as a Shell Oil station. Located in tiny Mount Olive, Soulsby Station sat along the original alignment of U.S. Highway 66.

Henry’s son, Russell, returning home from WW II, where he served in the Pacific theater as a communications technician, opened a radio and TV repair shop in the north room of the station.

Sprague's Super Service Station to Receive Honors Plaque

NEWS RELEASE

The National Park Service, Route 66 Preservation Program announces a plaque will be presented on September 21 to the owner of Sprague’s Super Service in Normal, IL to honor her work completing a project to restore the historic Route 66 service station.

Constructed in 1931, by building contractor William W. Sprague, the service station sat squarely on the original alignment of U.S. Highway 66. The two-story, Tudor Revival-style structure included a restaurant on the ground floor with living quarters upstairs.

Help Needed at the Streetcar

Our thanks to John Weiss for providing the following information:

Help is needed to scrape and sand the Streetcar (which was formerly on the property of the Riviera Roadhouse in Gardner, IL, which burned down in February) to prepare it for painting. We would like to do this messy job where it is stored before it gets moved onto it's new home base by the two cell jail. The concrete has been poured already.

We will be doing this project on Wednesday September 8, 2010 at 9:00 AM. We need all the help we can get!

We will meet at the corner of Route 66 (Rt. 53) and where you turn to go into Gardner when you are Southbound.

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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.