Several special events connected with this year's tour will take
place in Logan County. They are open to the public, as well as to
those already signed up for the motor tour.
A dedication ceremony
for the first of Atlanta's two Route 66 National Scenic Byway
interpretive panels is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday in the Atlanta
Route 66 Park, at the corner of Race and Arch streets. The panel
interprets the ups and downs of the famous road as it affected
Atlanta over the years.
Among those expected to attend the dedication are Paul Adams and
his wife, Marian. Paul Adams' voice can be heard on the new panel's
The annual Route 66 Hall of Fame Banquet will take place at 6
p.m. Saturday on the campus of Lincoln College. This year's
inductees into the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame will be announced
during the evening's festivities.
Chef Warren Wendlandt, who is well-known and revered by area
diners, will prepare the buffet. Hungry road warriors can choose
from roast beef, chicken strips, a chili bar, codfish, salads,
fruit, shrimp, jello and desserts. Iced tea, coffee and water are
A cash bar with beer and wine will be provided by members of the
Lincoln Knights of Columbus.
Banquet tickets are $20 per adult, $10 per child age 6 to 11 and
free for those age 5 and younger. Reservations may be made by
calling the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau at 217-732-8687. The
reservation deadline is Wednesday.
The tour, which is scheduled June 10-12, will travel from
Romeoville to Litchfield. In Lincoln, participants will tour the
Heritage in Flight Museum on Sunday morning. More tour information
is available at www.il66assoc.org.
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The 2011 tour theme is "Peace, Love and the Mother Road." The
tour will honor the late Bob Waldmire, whose work and lifestyle have
become iconic memories of the road he traveled and loved.
An artist, ecologist, vegetarian and a true Route 66 ambassador,
Waldmire was also known as the Mother Road's resident hippie. His
artwork, writings and conversations with those he met revealed his
lifelong love affair with Route 66.
Waldmire was posthumously inducted into the Illinois Route 66
Hall of Fame in 2010.
Another upcoming Route 66 event in Logan County will be the
dedication of a new Route 66 Scenic Byway wayside exhibit at the
world's largest covered wagon, donated by Larry Van Bibber and
located near the Best Western Lincoln Inn on Old Route 66. The wayside
exhibit will be dedicated this summer, as soon as winter and spring
storm damage to the wagon is repaired.
[Text from file received from
Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of