Route 66 in Illinois
Springfield to Chain-of-Rocks:
|Route 66 follows IL 4 southward to just outside the St. Louis area. This pic is just south of Springfield near Auburn.||At Carlinville, IL 4 connects with IL 108 shortly. Carlinville has a courthouse and a nice-looking downtown.|
|An old alignment of Route 66 splits off of IL 4 south of Carlinville.||Still on the old road.|
|At IL 138.||This sign directs you to the business district of Benld. US 66 continues straight, though.|
|Historic 66 leaves IL 4 and turns onto IL 157, which parallels I-55 very closely for a few miles.||Meramec Caverns is still popular today, as evidenced by the gigantic billboards all over I-55 in Illinois and I-44 in Missouri. You can see how close the road (IL 157 and Old 66) is to I-55.|
|Route 66 follows IL 157 past IL 140 in Hamel.||Hang a right in Edwardsville.|
|I cut off this 66 shield in Edwardsvile.||Now on Chain of Rocks Rd., at IL 111. This section of Old 66 is not a state highway.|
have to go on I-270 for just a quick trip as we cross IL 203.
I have 35 mm pics as well, but I need to first locate them, and then scan them before you can see them. Those pics are more of the landmarks and not the highway signs. Sorry about the delay.
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