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Wheels of Fortune on 66 - Atlanta, Illinois, USA.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita
N 40° 15.646 W 089° 13.894
16T E 310232 N 4459089
Quick Description: Wheels of Fortune on 66 - From rags to riches & back again. The tumultuous relationship between business & The Mother Road, is captured through pictures & audio on this Historic Marker. Located in Atlanta the Midpoint of Route 66 in Illinois.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 11/2/2016 9:16:43 AM
Waymark Code: WMTCM8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Corp Of Discovery
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Long Description:
The small Route 66 town of Atlanta lies approximately midway along the 300 mile long section of Illinois Route 66.

The Town & businesses have been reliant on the Mother Road since 1926, & through the 30's & 40's when the alignment changed, due to a bypass & business grew along the new Route, & then declined when the Interstate I-55 opened in in the Mid 70's. & now the Town is growing again, due to the resurgence of Route 66 trippers, mostly from Europe.

The Text from the Historic Marker reads as follows:

"Business followed the Highway:
Atlanta boomed when Route 66 was built in the 1920s. It didn’t last. By 1947 the busy road was rebuilt to bypass town to the east. New businesses flourished on the bypass only to fail again when I-55 replaced the Mother Road in 1977. Recently, a rebirth of interest in historic Route 66 has pumped life back into Atlanta.

Opening in 1934, the Palms Grill attracted travelers on Route 66. Downtown cafes and gas stations did more than serve highway travelers. They were places where townsfolk gathered to share gossip, negotiate deals, and fall in love.

Bright Memories… Faded Dreams:
Opened around 1920, the Deep Rock Station on Arch Street was alive with customers when Route 66 traveled through downtown Atlanta. Businesses were abandoned when Route 66 bypassed downtown Atlanta in 1947.

Waiting for the Greyhound Bus:
As a stop for the Greyhound Bus Line, many journeys began and ended at the Palms Grill. Passengers flipped a switch to light the bottom of the neon sign alerting the bus driver to stop."
County: Logan County

Historical Society: American Byways -

Dedication Date: unknown

Location: Near the Atlanta - Midpoint Mural.- Arch Street.

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