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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.
"Cruisin' with Lincoln on 66" Visitors Center Grand Opening
Apr 21, 2015
Join the McLean County Museum of History in downtown Bloomington for this free public event on Saturday, April 25th from 10:00am to 4:00pm, to celebrate the new Visitors Center and Gift Shop, and to acknowledge their partners and supporters of this new venture. The day will include tours, family entertainment, music by Wagon Load A Trouble, giveaways, refreshments and more. This event is free and open to the public.
Red Carpet Corridor Festival Plans in Progress
Mar 24, 2015
The 9th annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival will run May 2 & 3, 2015.  This festival takes place along a 90-mile stretch of historic Route 66 – starting in Joliet in the north and ending at Towanda, Illinois in the south.  Along that length of America’s Main Street, there will be scheduled events both days of the festival.  Each of the 13 communities along the Mother Road will stage special activities for young and old alike.  There will be bake sales, flea markets, car shows, history displays and presentations, contests, dances, live music, great food, and fun for everyone. You can examine the full slate of events by visiting the Red Carpet Corridor’s webpage at www.il66redcarpetcorridor.org.
Miles of Possibility - The Edwardsville Route 66 Conference
Mar 20, 2015
"Miles of Possibility: The Edwardsville Route 66 Conference" will be held in Edwardsville, Illinois, on Thursday-Saturday, October 29-31. Sponsored by the Illinois Route 66 Blue Carpet Corridor Coalition and hosted by the City of Edwardsville, the primary venue for the conference is the beautifully-restored historic Wildey Theatre on N. Main Street, just two blocks off Edwardsville's Route 66.  Conference sessions will include presentations, panel discussions, and workshops by nationally and internationally known experts on Route 66, history, preservation, and marketing. The complete conference schedule, as well as online registration, will be offered, beginning on or about April 1, on the conference webpage, www.bluecarpetcorridor.org/rt66conference.
The Mill in Lincoln Launches International Indiegogo Crowd Funding Campaign to Complete Restoration & Open as a Museum
Mar 20, 2015

The Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County has launched an Indiegogo.com crowd funding campaign to finish restoring the famous Mill Restaurant on Route 66 in Lincoln, IL into a museum, featuring a collection of items representing Route 66 in Logan County. The campaign runs for 40 days and ends on April 25, 2015. The goal for completing the renovation work is in time for the annual October celebration in 2015. The Mill is considered a prime example of early American roadside architecture and is one of the few buildings in the area still standing from that era. 

Route 66: The Road Ahead Initiative
Feb 09, 2015

In November 2013, organizational leaders and representative stakeholders of Route 66 met at "The Road Ahead" strategic roundtable in Anaheim, California. Sponsored by the World Monument Fund/American Express, their purpose was to discuss a vision and strategies for developing a national framework for collaboration along the Road.


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