April 11, 2011Historic Route 66 In Pontiac, Illinois
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!