On September 2oth Marilyn and I visited the All Pontiac Cruise and Show in Pontiac, Illinois. It was a beautiful day and the incredible Pontiacs were out. Pontiac, Illinois seems to be the perfect place for a historic car show and an All Pontiac show seemed to fit perfectly. We took a few photos of the great cars and the historic buildings in Pontiac and walked around the Route 66 Museum in Pontiac. It was a fantastic day. Here’s some of the photos:
Front of the Route 66 Museum and Visitor’s Center
The front of the Route 66 Museum was very nice, but most of the great happenings are in the back
Rear of the Route 66 Museum
The back of the Museum contains a large wall mural and a place to park your car so that you can take some great photos. It was fixed up very nice.
Bob Waldmire Road Yacht behind the Route 66 Museum
The back of the Museum is also where Bob Waldmire’s Road Yacht is parked. Bob donated the Road Yacht to the Illinois Route 66 Association when he passed away.
Bob Waldmire Road Yacht Marker
There is a nice plaque commemorating and explaining the Road Yacht exhibit
Back of the Bob Waldmire Road Yacht
This is the back side of the Bob Waldmire Road Yacht
Wonderful Route 66 Mural and GTOs in Pontiac
Beautiful Route 66 mural and some really nice restored Pontiac GTOs.
The restored Pontiacs were parked all the way around the County Courthouse square. There were lots of beautiful cars in Pontiac this weekend.
I had a great trip to Springfield, Illinois yesterday morning. On the way back home I drove down historic Route 66 through Litchfield, Illinois. Here’s a few photos of Litchfield I took with my phone.
Route 66 Banners line the historic highway as you drive through town. Litchfield has embraced the Route 66 theme and is very proud of the transportation legacy that started with Route 66 and now continues with Interstate 55.
Route 66 is alive in Litchfield
There is a nice historical marker for the Sky View Drive In. The Sky View still looks to be in good shape.
Historic Route 66 changed locations over the years. Route 66 stretches from the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois, to the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica, California. It was not built as one new road from end to end, but was a collection of existing roads that were brought together as one. As a result, the highway roadbed changed a few times over the years. In Illinois it mostly parallels Interstate 55.
Wolff Oil is across the street from the Sky View Drive In. It has a nice Route 66 emblem and an antique gas pump on the side of the building commemorating the past.
The Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center is a brand new effort to celebrate the history of Route 66 and the local area.
Across the street from the Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center is the Ariston Restaurant. This is one of the great examples of the Route 66 landscape. The owners have given the Ariston a lot of love and care over the years. It is beautiful.
The sky View Drive In sign says it all. It is late October and the travel season along historic Route 66 is about over. See you next year! This is a wonderful way to leave town.
Great TED video of Dan Berkenstock talking about the vision of SkyBox and what drives them. This is “game changing” technology that will force the mapping industry to evolve and produce more dynamic and increasingly important capabilities. I am very excited with what SkyBox and the other small satellite companies are doing.
Thank you to Charlene Turczyn for sharing this TED presentation. Amazing capability Photosynth brings to us that capture the world in photographs.