Route 66 News

Grain elevator museum will have self-guided tours

The J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum in the wonderful Route 66 town of Atlanta, Ill., is making improvements so that visitors can tour the museum without a volunteer needing to be present, reports the Bloomington Pantagraph.

The $25,000 cost for the improvements already has been raised by Hawes' descendants, said Bill Thomas, a volunteer.

To help continue to update the site, the museum will hold its annual spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Atlanta Firehouse.

"The dinner is a fund-raiser to assist with the continuing restoration of Illinois' only wooden grain elevator listed on the National Register of Historic buildings," said Thomas. "The elevator was built in 1904 and is one Atlanta's leading tourist attractions."


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