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April 18, 2011

More Route 66 Fun In Atlanta, Illinois

By RetroRuth

Happy Monday, everyone! Since I don’t want to get back into the grind this morning, or even acknowledge that the weather outside is really crummy (it snowed here AGAIN this weekend!), I thought I would take you all on a bit of escapist fantsy and show a few more pictures of vintage goodies we came across on our recent excellent road trip.

Which means, more fun from Route 66!!

Here we are in Atlanta, IL, which has a cute collection of Route 66 artifacts and memorabilia. They even have a fun little walking tour all laid out for travelers who want to get out of their car and stretch their legs for a few minutes.


Here we see our first “Muffler Man” on our trip.  This one was originally from Ciero, Illinois where he stood in front of Bunyons, a restaurant that was open until 2003. Hence the giant hot dog!


Yes! Route 66!

Also, it was near 70 degrees outside in this picture.  Ahhh…bliss…


An adorable sight! A cute sleeping pooch next to his fiberglass buddy!


An original Route 66 sign!


Here is a shot of the great museum in Atlanta and the full-restored Palms Grill Café.  The museum wasn’t technically open when we went through, but some of the docents saw me looking through the window pitifully and let us in anyway. Thanks, guys!!! We got a very nice whirlwind tour (to keep in line with our race-like driving pace) and got to see a lot of interesting Atlanta history.

Unfortunately, that left us with only time to take a quick glance at the Café, not even time for a picture! But here is a vintage picture of the Café in the 1930’s from the Palms Grill website:


The Café was recently restored back to it’s 1930’s glory.  Our quick peek inside showed us that it was true, and also that we needed to plan another trip back to Atlanta!

Check out our Route 66 fun in Pontiac, IL, and stay tuned for more retro/vintage fun from our trip!

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6 Responses to More Route 66 Fun In Atlanta, Illinois

  1. Julie C. Reply

    April 18, 2011 at 10:10 am

    It’s “Tall Paul”! I was so excited when I saw your pictures of him! My husband and I love hunting for muffler men. We always see if there’s one on the way when we go on road trips. Have you seen a Uniroyal Gal yet? There’s one in Peoria, IL and on in Mt. Vernon, IL. Here are some of our pictures from our encounters with huge beings:


  2. RetroRuth Reply

    April 18, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Hi Julie!!!

    Isn’t he the greatest! We came across a couple of the Muffler Men and we even saw a glimpse of a Uniroyal Gal on our trip! Your pics are so cool! Glad you shared your love of “huge beings”. 🙂

  3. Sara in AZ Reply

    April 18, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Lord have mercy…………snow………….. this past weekend! Doesn’t Michigan know it is almost May!!! 😉 And here in Az we were almost at 100 this past weekend. Ugh!

    The ‘Muffler Man’ is awesome!!!! Really sweet looking town Ruth.

  4. RetroRuth Reply

    April 19, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Thanks, Sara! I know, isn’t that snow crazy????

  5. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    April 19, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Snow! Jeez louise. We’ve got pollen drifts as deep as snow here.

    This looks like a great trip -even if a whirlwind one. I love that photo of you with the hot dog holdin’ muffler man.

  6. sablemable Reply

    April 19, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Great road trip, Ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuth! The cafe gets a big thumbs up for restoring its 1930s decor.

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