Our day began with a trip to the Lincoln Tomb. This obelisk topped tomb is the resting place for President Lincoln, three of his sons and his wife. It’s a reverent place that reminds you of his contribution to history.
Leaving Springfield, Illinois, we head south on Illinois State Highway 4. Historic Route 66 zigzags across in east-west and north-south sections, while Highway 4 cuts diagonally southwest.
We hit so many small towns – Auburn, Thayer, Virden, Girard, Nilwood, Carlinville, Gillespie, Bindl, and more. We discovered unmapped sections of abandoned Route 66 alignments. The day was busy.
Note: The metal 66 is something I brought from home. It is going to travel Route 66 with me. Every time I take it out I will rub the corrugated plate on Route 66. Part of it will stay behind, while part of Route 66 will transfer to it. By the time the trip is over, it may be pretty beat up, but it will have traveled Route 66 end to end.
We found a fun place called Becky’s Barn. A bearded man was sitting inside. I commented, “You obviously aren’t Becky.”
He explained Becky was his wife and she died a couple of years ago. He told us about their property and how the business started. We had a fun visit.
As we were leaving, he let us pick a brick from a pile of broken bricks removed to repair Route 66.
I now own a piece of Route 66!!!
Court Houses, Churches and Other Hidden Gems
We’ve been going inside places most tourist would avoid. We asked the guard at two court houses if we could go inside to take pictures. Both times they let us. We also found nobody at a big church and so we just went inside and took pictures (reverently).
So, it is 1 a.m. in the morning – Saturday morning. I’ve got to get some sleep. There are more pictures in our Facebook group (click here).