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April 11, 2011

Historic Route 66 In Pontiac, Illinois

By RetroRuth

Tom and I recently took an insane road trip. I believe we drove 3400 miles from Michigan to Texas in 7 days, which is a lot for a vacation. Surprisingly, we were still able to stop and take pictures of some of the amazing things we saw while we were driving. And some of the pictures even turned out to be  in focus!


I requested (read: threw a fit until Tom agreed) that we travel on good ole Route 66 for part of our trip, since one of my dream vacations is to drive the whole Route and stare dreamily out of my convertible with the top down while perfectly preserved soda fountains and gas stations whizz by.

In reality, we got to drive quickly through a few (almost all modern) towns in our Camry while taking pictures out of the window. But the only thing that counts is that I was there, right?


Our first “official” Route 66 stop was in Pontiac, IL. Sadly, the mural museum wasn’t open when we came through, and Tom insisted we didn’t have time to wait (we still had 8 hours of driving for the day) so we just got to take some shots of the outside, and some of the fun murals.


The non-Route 66 part of downtown Pontiac. Still cute!


This is The Palamar Motel in Pontiac. We found this hotel because I got us lost. Go me!

It looks like part of this hotel is still open, but the other part…


…is definitely closed.

But I found a scan of a postcard here if you are interested in seeing it in it’s heyday.


Yep. Very much closed on this side.


Love the sign!


More murals at a car dealership.


And the Baby Bulls Family Restaurant, which we didn’t have time to eat at, but I snapped a pic of as we were headed out of town!

Stay tuned for more retro/vintage road trip fun!

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4 Responses to Historic Route 66 In Pontiac, Illinois

  1. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    April 11, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Sounds like a seriously whirlwind trip! If only we had trains connecting every single city. I feel sad for the poor old Palamar Hotel. I guess that building on the right used to be their famed supper club?

    • RetroRuth Reply

      April 11, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      Eartha – I felt terrible for it, too. I was thinking part of the abandoned half was the supper club, and then it looked like a pool behind it, then it connected to another abandoned building. Maybe more rooms, or a ballroom?? Sad, sad.

      Oh man, I was so ready for a train by the third day! If only!

  2. Sara in AZ Reply

    April 11, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Awwwwwww, the poor old Palamar. 🙁 How sad that half of it is abandoned. At least the hotel is still there. Go you for getting lost and seeing this cool old place! 🙂

    I am not surprised you drove that many miles. I looked back on how many miles we drove last fall on our big road trip – a little over 5000! Eeks!!!! At least we did not have to drive that all in a week like y’all did though!

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