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Description
First established in 1818, the Village of Hamel, Illinois became an incorporated village on February 24, 1955. Throughout the years, residents have seen the town grow with the addition of businesses and residential development. The current population is 816.

Located on Historic Illinois Route 66, just 30 minutes from St. Louis, at the intersection of Interstate 55 and Illinois Route 140, Hamel offers small town comforts and friendliness along with big city accessibility.


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ATTRACTIONS:



Weezy's Route 66 Bar & Grill
This roadhouse at the intersection of Route 66 and IL Route 140 has been serving travelers since the late 1930's. The dining room has a Route 66 theme, and the beautiful, exterior brickwork connotes its place in the evolution of travel on the old Mother Road.
108 South Old Route 66
(618) 633-2228
Weezy's Facebook Page


St. Paul Lutheran Church/Neon Cross
Just North of Hamel is the St. Paul Lutheran Church and its large blue neon cross. Lonely and vulnerable travelers sought guidance along the road. This cross offered that guidance.
6969 W. Frontage Road
(618) 633-2209
St. Paul Lutheran Church Official Website


Route 66 Ridez
Stop in and get your Route 66 souvenirs and stretch your legs while checking out this recently restored structure that is unique in character. Features automotive repair and restoration and a gift shop.
230 North Old Route 66
(877) 767-4339
Route 66 Ridez Official Website


Hamel Illinois Route 66 Wayside Exhibit
Commercial trucking boomed on the new hard roads in the 1920s and 30s.  Trucking companies, truck stops, service garages, and a “Brotherhood of Teamsters” created a national road culture. Cassens Transport began in 1931 when Albert and Arnold Cassens hauled four new cars from Detroit to their father George’s dealership in Hamel. By 1941, Cassens had a fleet of 35 car transporters operating from its terminal next to the Tourist Haven Restaurant (now Weezy's).
111 S. Old US Route 66
(217) 525-9308
Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway Interpretive Exhibits Official Website


MAJOR EVENTS:


Blue Carpet Corridor Festival
The Blue Carpet Corridor, from Chatham down to Collinsville (including Hamel), 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.
(618) 307-5049
Blue Carpet Corridor Official Website


Route 66 Association of Illinois Motor Tour
The Motor Tour has been traversing Illinois Route 66, alternating each year from North to South and South to North. The caravan makes passport stops at major attractions along the way (including in Hamel), and also includes the annual Hall of Fame Banquet. Held the second weekend in June.
(708) 444-1312
Route 66 Association of Illinois Official Website


AMENITIES:

Hamel Village Hall
111 S. Old US Route 66
PO Box 345
Hamel, IL 62046
(618) 633-2484
Village of Hamel Official Website

Innkeeper Motel
9190 State Route 140
PO Box 40
Hamel, IL 62046
(618) 633-2111
Innkeeper Motel Official Website

Love’s Travel Center
9191 State Route 140
Hamel, IL 62046
Love’s Travel Center Official Website

C.C. Food Mart (Shell Station)
315 E. State Street
Hamel, IL 62406
(618) 633-1111

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Location
Alignment 1930||1940
Southern Region

Hamel, IL
62046

Contact
618-633-2484
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