Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway

A new project will spotlight some points of interest along the Mother Road in Illinois. A series of interpretive signs and statues will be placed in several communities, calling attention to events, locations and the heritage of those towns. Bill Kelly is Executive Director of the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway. He spoke with Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford about the effort. 

From a statue of Rosie the Riveter in the Will County town of Elwood recalling the days when a major ammunitions plant was in operation to Staunton's electrified interurban railway that pre-dated Route 66.  It's all aimed at getting people to pull off the road and spend some time, and maybe some money. But there is more to it.

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