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Henry's Ra66it Ranch Invites You for Free Family Fun

Henry's Ra66it Ranch in Staunton, IL is a fun and furry attraction along Route 66!

Admission to Henry's Ra66it Ranch is ABSOLUTELY FREE so stop by and enjoy some "hare-raising" entertainment.

Some of you may have met Montana the Rabbit who held down the fort and greeted guests at the Ranch for years. Unfortunately, Montana has gone to the big hutch in the sky. New friend, Big Red, has hopped in to fill Montana's big shoes as the official meeter and greeter at the Ra66it Ranch.

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Sneak Peek at a Masterpiece You Can Help Create

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Your chance to help paint this mural is coming at Pontiac's Red Carpet Corridor festivities, May 7 and 8. The public is invited to help paint this 66-foot mural designed by Route 66 artist and icon, Bob Waldmire shortly before his death in 2009. The mural was the last commissioned art project completed by Waldmire.

The project will be located at the corner of Main and Madison streets in downtown Pontiac and painting will begin at 10:00 AM after a short dedication ceremony.

Happy Update on Ernie Edwards!

We are pleased to report that Hall of Famer, Ernie Edwards (of Pig Hip fame) has returned home after spending several months in a nursing home.

Association board members visited Ernie and found him in great shape, looking forward to the Hall of Fame banquet at the Motor Tour in June!

Even though he's home, we're certain he'd still love to hear from friends and admiring Roadies alike.

If you'd like to drop Ernie a note, please send it to:

Fran and Ernie Edwards
1105 North State Street
Lincoln, IL 62656

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.

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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.