Early alignment of Route 66 in Illinois

I don’t do this often, but I’m going to stray this week from the local history to something more commonly known on even a national level. If you are familiar at all with famous American highways, Route 66 is one of the first ones coming to mind. Opened in the 1920s, Route 66 stretched essentially from Chicago to Los Angeles. Last summer I had the opportunity to ride on about a 100 mile stretch of Route 66 in Illinois. With the exception of a few miles on an interstate highway, you can still drive on old alignments of Route 66 much of the way in Illinois. It is well marked and well promoted, too. Here is a portion of the original Route 66 that is now on the edge of a park and is a rest area¬†in Sherman near Springfield. The two-lane highway design is preserved, along with an original cross-section with curbing and the original road surface. Simply put, it gives us a peek into the vintage road known by many as the Mother Road.

Route 66, or the Mother Road, in Illinois.

Route 66, or the Mother Road, in Illinois.

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About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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