Route 66 News

New Illinois Route 66 Hall of Famers announced

The Route 66 Association of Illinois will induct three new members to its Hall of Fame on June 8, during its annual Hall of Fame banquet in Lincoln, Ill., reported the Morris Daily Herald.

The newspaper said the association received 17 nominations for the annual induction. The Class of 2013 in the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame are:

  • The Palms Grill Cafe, Atlanta, Ill. It opened in 1934 in downtown Atlanta, when Route 66 ran through the town’s center. After being closed for many years, local leaders renovated and reopened it in 2006. It has become a must-stop for many Route 66 travelers.
  • George B. Cathcart of Edwardsville, who owned the long-gone Cathcart’s Cafe in town. He also opened a tourist court, hamburger stand, and grocery along Route 66 in Edwardsville.
  • Wilbur Fawns Sr. Family of Williamsville and Sherman. The family owned several gas stations, dating to 1937, in those towns along Route 66.

The Hall of Fame banquet is held in conjunction with the Illinois Route 66 Motor Tour. Details about the banquet and motor tour can be found here.

The full list of Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame members since 1990 can be found here.


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