End of an Era - Shea's Gas Station to be Auctioned Off
Sep 25, 2015
If you are thinking about coming to Springfield to see the iconic Shea’s Gas Station (from the outside as it is now closed), make your plans soon, as the entire contents and property are to be auctioned off in three separate auctions from October 10th through November 21st.
The Late Martin Milner to be Honored at International Mother Road Festival
Sep 10, 2015
Actor Martin Milner, who was featured in the first International Route 66 Mother Road Festival in Springfield in 2002, will be memorialized at this year’s event. Event organizers say he will be honored with the first Martin Milner Award, which will be given to the best restored police vehicle on display at the car show, September 25-27 in downtown Springfield. The award ceremonies take place Sunday the 27th.
Pontiac Route 66 Mural Earns National Geographic Calendar Cover
Aug 19, 2015
Pontiac's own world's largest painted Route 66 shield mural is the featured cover photograph on one of National Geographic's 2016 promotional calendars. The Route 66-themed calendar includes 12 stunning images taken along the historic "Mother Road." Pontiac's shield mural is the image for December, and was selected as the calendar's impressive cover photo.
Route 66 - The Road Ahead Collaboration Workshops
Jul 09, 2015
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, July 21st in Springfield, IL, for the first in a series of Route 66: The Road Ahead Initiative Collaboration Workshops. The workshops will be held July 21-29 from Illinois to California. Members of Route 66 associations, tourism officials, economic development professionals, business persons, educators, preservationists and government officials are all invited to learn more about this national initiative and help shape the future of Route 66.
Burr Ridge Honors Forgotten Local Hero with Public Pond Dedication July 6th
Jul 03, 2015
Exactly 85 years after a daring air rescue ended with the death of local resident Bruno F. Schustek, the North American Spine Society (NASS) publicly will unveil a plaque and dedicate a pond to him. The community is invited to attend at 10:00 a.m. on July 6, 2015 at 7075 Veterans Boulevard in Burr Ridge, IL. Local historians discovered this fascinating story of courage along Route 66.
Atlanta Unveils Hit the Road Highstriker Game Attraction
Jun 17, 2015
On June 13, 2015, the city of Atlanta unveiled their newest Route 66 tourist attraction, the "Hit the Road!" highstriker game. The game is located next to Bunyon's Statue downtown, and is modeled after the strongman games found at carnivals and fairs. The purpose of the game is to challenge visitors to see how far they can "travel" on Route 66 by swinging a giant mallet that hits a steel weight that shoots up along a map of Route 66 with each state represented from Chicago to Los Angeles.
Sputnik Orbit Comes Full Circle
May 20, 2015

At what seems to have been the speed of space travel, the iconic Sputnik from the Bel-Aire Motel in Springfield, IL has been saved and restored by Ace Sign Company, and was unveiled Tuesday, May 19th at the dedication of the sign museum at the company's new location at 2540 South First Street in Springfield.

Joe Bringuet from Ace Sign Company was around back when the sign was purchased by the Bel-Aire from a California company, and the motel then hired Ace Sign to install it. Joe recalls that this was somewhere around 1963 to 1965. The sputniks were sold around the country to motels and restaurants primarily, according to Bringuet. They were designed to look like the Soviet Sputnik space satellite. This was the first satellite to orbit the Earth, launched by the Soviet Union on October 4, 1957.

Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway Launches Selfies on 66 Campaign
May 05, 2015

Out exploring Route 66 in Illinois? Take a selfie! Be creative and capture yourself and friends at Illinois Route 66 landmarks or even more out-of-the-way harder to find sites along the road. Take your "selfie" and post it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #MyIL66. Each month, the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway will select three photos to be highlighted on their social media outlets, and the photo with the most likes/comments/shares will win an Illinois Route 66 commemorative license plate and baseball hat! But it gets better...once per year, the Byway will let voters choose from the 12 monthly winners, and the photo that gets the most likes/comments/shares will win the grand prize: a basket full of Illinois Route 66 memorabilia, gift certificates, and more!

Gilding Arts Museum to Open This Weekend in Pontiac
Apr 29, 2015
Saturday and Sunday, May 2nd and 3rd, will mark the opening of Pontiac's latest museum. The Museum of the Gilding Arts, located at 217 North Mill St, promises to be an eye-catching addition to Pontiac's variety of attractions.  At 9:00 AM, when the doors open to the public for the first time, it will be the culmination of more than four years of planning.  According to Pontiac Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, "The Gilders museum is stunning, educational, and absolutely unique in the world."
Inaugural Illinois Route 66 Blue Carpet Corridor Weekend Festival Rolls Out June 13-14
Apr 24, 2015
The first annual Illinois Route 66 Blue Carpet Corridor weekend festival - “Miners, Mobsters, and the Mother Road” - will be held Saturday-Sunday, June 13-14. The Blue Carpet Corridor, from Chatham down to Collinsville, is a unique section of Route 66 characterized not only by its Mother Road charm, but also its rich mining history and colorful mobster lore. Route 66 is known for its quirky attractions, roadside hospitality, and family fun. And on the second weekend in June, the blue carpet will be rolled out to welcome thousands of travelers all along the Blue Carpet Corridor. The event highlights 19 communities on historic Route 66 including Chatham, Auburn, Thayer, Virden, Girard, Nilwood, Carlinville, Gillespie, Benld, Staunton, Hamel, Edwardsville, Litchfield, Mt. Olive, Williamson, Livingston, Glen Carbon, Troy, and Collinsville.
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