The two lane highway of Route 66 brings you to sights such as this mill. The calmness of the Mother Road is a fine escape from the Interstate.
This brings us up to a Route 66 treasure .Established off the Mother Road in the early 20's, Funks Grove Maple Sirup (below) has been a delightful Route 66 stop for many years.
Dixie Truckers Home
A legend of the Mother Road, the Dixie Truckers Home in McLean, IL has been open every day, with the exception of a day that was lost due to fire, since the late 1920's. Today, the Dixie lives up to its name by continuing to serve all travelers, especially truckers.
UPDATE 12/10 : The Dixie Truckers Home has since changed ownership several times since this photo was taken back in 2000. According to Route 66 News, the now named Dixie Travel Plaza finished a half a million dollar remodeling on the facility in 2009. 12-10
Here's an old motel marquee that lost its sign long ago.
Off Route 66, there are many businesses that proudly display their old gas station and old 66 memorabilia proudly, such as this one in Springfield, IL.
The Pioneer Motel is one of the Route 66 motels that still feature its old marquee proudly off the main highway.
Bel Aire Manor
With a name like the Bel Aire Manor, you would expect all the luxuries and grandeur of the finest hotel, with the convenience of a roadside luxo lodge. Not sure if this motel fits the bill, but at least its still in business. A business that still survives, off Route 66 in Springfield.
Steak n' Shake
Here's the world famous Cozy Dogs drive-in in Springfield. This is a must stop for a bunch of dogs and back in 2000, was run by Buz Waldmire, son of Route 66 legend and Cozy Dog founder Ed Waldmire, and brother of Route 66 artist Bob Waldmire. The Cozy Dog Drive-in is now owned by Sue Waldmire. Again, don't forget to stop in for a visit!
UPDATE 10/09 : Route 66 supporter, artist, and legend Bob Waldmire has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Bob, who has been described as the "last of the hippies", is the son of Ed Waldmire, owner and founder of the Cozy Dog in Springfield, IL. Bob is currently surrounded by family, friend, and well wishers in Central Illinois. More information can also be found in these articles from Route 66 News and The State Journal-Register. 10-09
Here's a roadside tire man standing with a mischievous grin outside of Lauterbach's Tire in Springfield.
In n' Out Car Wash
If you're in the West, the name In n' Out will bring a healthy grin to your face, especially with an empty tummy. Well, here in Springfield, the In n' Out Car Wash still operates, even on cloudy days.
A bit further out of town is the Green Meadows Drive-in Theatre. This theatre is closed, with a go-kart racing track in its place.
Next stop : Farmersville
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