Historic Route 66 (a.k.a- The Mother Road) is known for its iconic diners, restaurants, gas stations, motels, and quirky attractions. Today many travel from around the globe to drive on this iconic road, stretching from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California. Logan County, Illinois runs right through this historic road. Some of the oldest sections (1926) and on to the newer sections (1940's-1970's), run through the cities of Atlanta, Lincoln, Broadwell and Elkhart. So, as you start planning your trip on the Mother Road (via car, bike, rv or truck), make Logan County one of the destinations on your journey.
If heading South (from Chicago), the first Logan County Town is Atlanta
- In 1926, the original Route 66 aligned right through Downtown Atlanta. So, your Route 66 journey will not be complete without stopping at the quaint, Historic Downtown Atlanta. Get a selfie with the 19 foot Paul Bunyon Statue, learn some Route 66 history at that Route 66 Memories Museum, relax in the Route 66 Park, or just experience some vintage arcade games at the Route 66 Arcade Museum.
As you continue to travel on, the Center of the North and South is Lincoln, also the current county seat. Be sure and save some time for the multiple stops in Lincoln:
- The original Mill Restaurant building, from 1929, that is now The Mill Museum on Route 66.
- The renovation of the original Tropics Restaurant Neon Sign.
- Historic Downtown Lincoln and the Logan County Courthouse
- The Postville Courthouse
- In 2007, a new addition was the World's Largest Covered Wagon, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records.
If you are heading North (from St.Louis), the first Logan County Town is Elkhart
- A stop at the scenic Village of Elkhart is a must! Stroll down the downtown Governor Oglesby Street, get a bite to eat at a local eatery, shop in the vintage shops, and be sure and check out the Heritage Corner and the Route 66 Silhouette Statue to learn more about the deep rooted history that lies in Elkhart. Save some time to travel up the scenic Elkhart Hill.
As you continue to head South you will then reach the small town of Broadwell
- Home to the iconic Pig Hip Restaurant from 1937-1991. Make a stop at the original sign and marker that still stands today.
Check out more information below about the attractions in each town.
For more information on Route 66 of Illinois and the entire Route 66 check out these sites:
IL Route 66 Scenic Byway Route 66 Association of IL National Historic Route 66 Federation