Route 66: The Road Ahead Initiative announces Name & Logo Contest
Feb 25, 2016
The Route 66: The Road Ahead Initiative has announced a Name & Logo Contest, designed to produce a name and logo for the new organization it is creating. The past two years, a group of Rt. 66 stakeholders, facilitated by the World Monuments Fund and the National Park Service, have been working to establish a new organization dedicated to fostering collaboration amongst all Route 66 stakeholders, with a specific mission to: Revitalize and sustain Route 66 as a national icon, for the benefit of all Route 66 communities, travelers, and businesses/attractions, through collaborative partnerships focused on promotion, preservation, research/education, and economic development.
Pontiac Breaking Ground for New Hotel
Dec 04, 2015
Pontiac’s newest hotel has taken the first big step towards its completion, which is expected in 2016.  A group of city officials, representatives from the Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce, the Pontiac Hotel Developers, LLC, Hotel Development Services of Oxford, Ohio, and the hotel’s new management team, Monchino Management LLC of Herrin, IL, conducted the ground breaking ceremony on Wednesday, December 2nd at the site of the new hotel near the Interstate 55 interchange. 
Route 66 Collaboration Workshops Final Report
Nov 24, 2015
The Route 66: The Road Ahead Steering Committee has completed its review and analysis of feedback collected from the over 300 Rt. 66 stakeholders who took part in this past summer's series of Collaboration Workshops. Based on its discussions, the Steering Committee has produced the Collaboration Workshops Final Report which can be accessed here.
Charlie Parker's Diner Owner Wins National Thomas' Breakfast Battle
Oct 26, 2015
Congratulations go out to Mike Murphy, owner of Charlie Parker's Diner in Springfield, IL, who won $25,000 last weekend in a national breakfast recipe competition. Murphy made it to the final round of two competitors, who battled it out Saturday morning, October 24th on Fox & Friends morning news show.  Murphy whipped up a famous breakfast horseshoe for the final round of the competition. Online voting closed at 11pm Sunday October 25th, and Murphy emerged the winner of the Thomas' Breakfast Battle.
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.
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