Southern Illinois Roadtrip, May 3, 2008.

by Brian Cofer June. 03, 2008 2242 views

This is along Illinois 3, an original alignment of Route 66 from 1926 through 1930.

Staunton, Ill.

Nilwood, Ill.

Virden, Illinois.

Virden, Illinois.

Here's the house in Springfield where my father grew up in the 1940s and '50s.

Springfield

MMMMM, Donuts. Springfield.

Heading back home now to St. Louis, I took the 1930-1977 alignment of Route 66. This old 66 landmark is still doing business in Farmersville, south of Springfield. They recently renovated the sign. I have an older photo that shows the sign as a rusted out hulk.

Mount Olive, Ill.

This old gas station in Mount Olive has been restored and opened as a tourist attraction for all those Germans and Japanese who like motoring on the Mother Road.

Mount Olive, Illinois

Mount Olive, Illnois

Staunton, Illinois. I remember when these Campbell Express trailers were all over our highways when I was a kid. Now as a grownup I'm wondering if there's some sort of intentional double entendre here. This one's on display at another fixed up gas station museum.

Right after moving to St. Louis in 2002, I photographed this sign in its original location just a couple of weeks before the motel was torn down to make way for a new runway at Lambert Field. I was excited to come across it here propped up for the tourists.

Staunton, Illinois

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