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'Spring Fling' to save The Mill     Send a link to a friend

[March 22, 2007]  The Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County has announced a "Spring Fling" to raise funds for saving The Mill. The event will be at Hallie's, on the downtown square, on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Come and enjoy a Route 66 theme, '50s and '60s music, strange decor from the original Mill restaurant, and great home-cooked meals. The meal selections will be fried chicken or roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, a roll, and a drink. For kids, there will be chicken strips, fries and a drink.

The cost will be $8.95 for adults and $5.95 for children. Donations will be accepted. All funds raised will go toward the restoration of The Mill.

Hallie's Lunchbox is located at 111 S. Kickapoo St. in Lincoln.

The Mill opened on Stringer Avenue in 1929 under the name of the Blue Mill. Its proprietor was Paul Coddington, who would serve patrons grilled sandwiches at any hour of the day or night. A Dutch-themed building with blue trim, it featured a revolving windmill and waitresses dressed in blue with white aprons.

In 1945, Albert and Blossom Huffman purchased the building, added a barroom and dance hall, and then painted the building barn red. Over the years, the restaurant became famous for its fried schnitzel, originally made of veal and later of pork.

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By the mid-1980s, The Mill had lost most of the Dutch-themed interior and was becoming a museum of rather strange objects, including a mechanical leg protruding from a hole in the ceiling.

The Mill closed in 1996; however, the building is still standing in its original location.

The Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County recently obtained the property and intends to restore the building to its old luster. The group hopes to eventually open it as a Route 66 historic site and museum.

For more information, please contact the Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County at 217-732-8687 or You may also visit

[Text from file received from Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County]

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