Lincoln on 66 Visitor’s Center Now Open

In Route 66 by Martin Garfinkel

Budville NMWho was aware that Route 66 and Abraham Lincoln had some sort of connection? Route 66 follows the Chicago/Alton railroad route which was created by legistlation with authority from Lincoln.

The Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitor’s Center was created in the lower level of the McLean County Museum of History in Bloomington. The grand opening of the visitor’s center was held on Saturday, April 25.

The visitor’s center was partially funded by the Illinois Office of Tourism.

According to the Herald Review article, “The purpose of Crusin’ with Lincoln is to understand how the Route 66 experience is deeply connected with Lincoln’s story,” said Greg Koos, executive director of the history museum.

“This place is considered to be the gateway of the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area,” said Koos. “It’s part of the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition. People can come here and get an orientation.”

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