Route 66 found a place in the history books and hearts of America through its many appearances in songs, movies and television. The road was immortalized in the film “The Grapes of Wrath,” leading impoverished Americans to the promised land over “The Mother Road.” Today, Route 66 is still one of the most famous and scenic drives in America, beginning in Chicago, traversing Central Illinois, winding though the midwest and western states and ending at the Pacific Ocean near Los Angeles.
You can experience Route 66 first-hand by seeking out traditional sites along the way, such as restored gas stations, the Route 66 Hall of Fame in Pontiac or the Maple Syrup Farm in Funks Grove. Hungry motorists can stop at one of more than 40 historic cafés and restaurants scattered along the route, including the Old Log Cabin Restaurant in Pontiac, home to countless Route 66 items and down-home cooking.
Route 66 was designated an Illinois Heritage Corridor in April of 2001 in light of its historical and cultural significance. Illinois Route 66 Heritage Project, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded to offer assistance to Illinois Route 66 communities, businesses, organizations and visitors to enhance the 66 travel experience. It’s mission is to develop the Illinois 66 travel experience through education, interpretation, preservation and promotion of the route. For more information on the Illinois Route 66 Heritage Project, go to http://illinoisroute66.org.