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.