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Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame inductees announced

The inductees are the Willie Anderson Trucking Co. of Lexington, the now-closed Berghoff restaurant in Chicago, Scottie's roadhouse restaurant in Hamel, and former state trooper Leland Storm, reports the Bloomington Pantagraph

Marilyn and Durell Pritchard also were given the special ambassodor's award.

Anderson’s company, which once operated 26 trucks, started in the late 1930s as a family-owned trucking company. Anderson closed the business in 1988, but still drives his own truck.

Over the years, Anderson hauled pumpkins for Libby’s in Morton and often took Route 66 to Chicago while hauling cattle.

"There were only a few places to stop," he said. "You stopped when you were really hungry, unlike now when you can stop almost everywhere. It’s a lot different now."

Anderson and his wife, Edna Marie, own a shop in Lexington along the now-decommissioned highway. The renovated gas station has memorabilia from the highway and other items.

The Berghoff Restaurant, located on Adams Street in downtown Chicago, was among the first of thousands of restaurants along the road that became Route 66. The German restaurant was the first place to get a liquor license after Chicago did away with Prohibition.

The restaurant closed earlier this year.

Leland Storm, a retired state trooper, often patrolled Route 66 in the Litchfield area in southern Illinois. He often helped motorists and treated people like they were family.

Scottie's in Hamel, formerly the Tourist Haven, was a dining and eating stop for motorists. It opened in 1937 and is still operated as a restaurant today.

The Pritchards, who could not be reached for comment, are charter members of the association and have been influential in the development of the association’s museum and hall of fame in Pontiac. Marilyn Pritchard is the curator of the museum.

The induction ceremony will be in June during the association's annual motor tour


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