Route 66 News

Historic hotel reverts to city ownership

The Eagle Hotel in Wilmington, Ill., described as the oldest hotel on all of Historic Route 66, has reverted to city ownership after its holder wasn’t able to reopen it by a Jan. 15 deadline, according to the Daily Journal.

The hotel, built in 1836, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and also was listed as one of the most endangered historic sites.

William Scales of Ottawa bought the building from the city in 2001 and planned to convert it into a French country restaraunt, with a bed-and-breakfast upstairs. However, Scales didn’t get it open by the city-imposed January 2007 deadline.

The city is now evaluating options for the hotel.

UPDATE: The city won’t be taking over the hotel after all. You can read the story about that here.