A Quiet Stretch of Road – Update
In addition to the original segment of Rt. 66 that runs south of Springfield, there’s another original stretch in the area around Auburn on Route 4 that’s worth a quick detour.
It’s about 2 miles long, and was part of the alignment until the 1930′s, when route was moved to avoid smaller towns. What makes it unique is that the original pavers have mostly survived since the road was built back in the 1920′s.
National Park Service: Illinois Road Segments–Route 66
Wikipedia: U.S. Route 66 in Illinois
Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway: http://www.illinoisroute66.org/
If you’re on Route 4 heading south, keep your eye out for the historic 66 sign as you leave Chatham just before you come into Auburn. The road will be on your right. Coming from the south, the road will be on your left shortly after leaving Auburn.
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