Featured Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway Member
City of Hamel
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.
Events & Festivals on Illinois Route 66
Will you be out exploring the Mother Road this year? Take a selfie or a group photo! Take a photo at any Illinois Route 66 landmark and post it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #MyIL66 or submit via email to email@example.com and be sure to put #MyIL66 in the subject line.
Each month, we will select three photos to be highlighted on our social media outlets, and the photo with the most likes, comments or shares will win an Illinois Route 66 commemorative license plate and an Illinois Route 66 baseball hat!
But it gets even better! Once per year, we will let voters choose a grand prize winner from the 12 monthly winners. The photo with the most likes, comments, or shares will win our grand prize: A basket full of Illinois Route 66 memorabilia, gift certificates, and more!