Historic Route 66 Tourist Information Center, Staunton, Illinois

Quite possible the best, but certainly the most unexpected, find on last March’s Illinois/Missouri/Iowa trip, I completely stumbled upon this by (lucky) accident. Staunton, about 40 miles north of St. Louis wasn’t on my schedule at all, but I decided to check the town out on my way from Lincoln, IL to Belleville, IL. After driving and walking around the town for a bit, I saw that Route 66 led through here once and of course I had to check it out and drive on it for a short way.

Then I found this. Clearly a labor of love and a decidedly low-key affair, which is all the more reason for me to love it, plus the weather was nice, cold and sunny after a harsh blizzard the day before , so I was very happy to have found it. Unfortunately it wasn’t open the morning I went, as a handwritten note informed me the owner was at the local library on a computer course. Otherwise I probably would have kissed him (well, most probably not that, but I would have loved to congratulate him on the good work he’s doing, and would have bought a few souvenirs). He (or she perhaps?) made my day.

Historic Route 66 Tourist Information Center, Staunton, Illinois

Historic Route 66 Tourist Information Center, Staunton, Illinois

Historic Route 66 Tourist Infomation Center, Staunton, Illinois

Historic Route 66 Tourist Infomation Center, Staunton, Illinois

Historic Route 66 Tourist Infomation Center, Staunton, Illinois

Historic Route 66 Tourist Infomation Center, Staunton, Illinois

Historic Route 66 Tourist Infomation Center, Staunton, Illinois

 

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