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Car show, music at The Mill this Saturday

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[October 07, 2010]  The Railsplitter Antique Auto Club has once again teamed up with the Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County to host the fourth annual Car Show at The Mill. All are welcome to attend or to register their car in the show. The show will take place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Mill, 738 S. Washington St.

Registration is $3, which will go directly to restoration of The Mill.

Visitors and will be able to participate in rare treats, such as tours of the restoration in progress and great food cooked up by chef Doug Board and crew. There will also be a 50/50 drawing and a display of antique cars. Music will be provided by local favorites Vintage Daze, with Black Tea Shirts kicking things off at noon.

All members of the Railsplitter Antique Auto Club and the Prairie Capital Corvair Association along with the general public are invited to attend this fun-filled event.

Geoff Ladd, chairman of the Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County, states: "Itís great to have them coming in to help us. Iím looking forward to seeing all the cars and having a lot of great food to save The Mill. The Railsplitter Antique Auto Club has been fantastic and make the event possible."

The Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County was created to promote and preserve Route 66 sites in Logan County, after the historic Mill restaurant was slated for demolition. Working with the owner and city council members, this organization managed to save the building from the wrecking ball. The Mill is now a construction site as volunteers work to restore the building to its former condition.

The Mill opened 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 at revolving windmill. 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 Over the years, the restaurant became famous for its fried schnitzel, originally made of veal and later of pork. By the mid-1980s the restaurant 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.

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The Route 66 Heritage Foundation has just wrapped up a National Park Service grant that helped with repair to the foundation, floors, windows and electricity.

The Railsplitter Antique Auto Club has been an active organization in downtown Lincoln and hosts cruise-ins throughout the spring, summer and fall. Theyíre always looking for new members, so come out and join up. The Prairie Capital Corvair Association will be making a return visit to this car show, adding it to their calendar of events and meetings. Both clubs bring a fantastic array of antique autos for display.

For more information on the car show portion of this event, please call 217-732-3245. If you have questions or would like more information regarding The Mill or the Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County, call 217-732-8687.

[Text from file received from the Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County]

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