Grand opening on August 12th for
Ryburn Place on Route 66 in Normal
Formerly Sprague's Super Service
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[August 11, 2017]
- The grand opening of Ryburn Place, the gift shop and information
center at the historic Sprague's Super Service station in Normal,
Illinois, will be from 6-9 p.m. August 12th. Terri Ryburn, who
undertook the restoration of the unique gas station for over a
decade before the city finished the job, sold the historic building
to the City of Normal about a year ago, and the city has been
completing the project. The historic site is located at 305 E. Pine
St. in Normal.
“Thanks to the Town of Normal who share my vision of restoring this
building to its former glory, I am opening a Route 66 information
center and gift shop on the first floor,” said Ryburn. “Featured
will be Route 66 t-shirts, postcards, books, and memorabilia. Also
featured is the work of local artists: original watercolors and
prints, photographs, handmade cards, hand-dyed silk scarves,
hand-woven baskets, creative crochet, and more.”
On Saturday evening, there will be an official ribbon cutting and
unveiling of the National Register of Historic Places plaque,
followed by a parking lot concert, with local favorites, Wagon Load
A Trouble. A food truck will be on hand for the event.
“One of the great things about the Mother Road is that attractions
on the Road are able to re-invent themselves while still preserving
their Route 66 essence. Ryburn Place at Sprague's Super Service is a
wonderful example of this phenomena,” said William Kelly, executive
director of the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway.
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The City of Normal and the City of Bloomington have also been
busy adding Historic Route 66 directional signs in the twin cities, making the
navigation of the historic road much easier to follow.
The unique structure opened in 1931 to serve travelers on Route 66. Built by
William Sprague, it housed a cafe, a Cities Service gas station and garage, with
upstairs apartments for the owner and station attendant. The building was
uniquely designed as a gas station and residence. It is listed on the National
Register of Historic Places, is a Town of Normal Local Landmark, and is in the
Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame.
Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway]