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Rt 66 Global Draw For Thousands, Just A Road For Some In Illinois

Wed, 07 May 2014 04:08:31 CDT
By: Jim Browne

Rt 66 Global Draw For Thousands, Just A Road For Some In Illinois The people who promote tourism in McLean County are hearing from a man who overseas one of the states biggest lures, Route 66. Bill Kelly is Executive Director of the Route 66 Scenic Byway, he's speaking before the Bloomington-Normal area Convention and visitors Bureau. Kelly says there are six other Scenic Byways in Illinois, including the "Lincoln Highway," along old Route 30, but nothing like "The Mother Road":

"The reason why it is it is moved into legend, which it truely is, I mean Route 66 is mythology, is this sense of 'if it wasn't that way, it's the way it should have been'."

Kelly says it's odd Illinois residents, who travel the road frequently, don't have a mystic sense of the road people from the rest of the world have. He says European tourists tell him Route 66 is "The real America." Bill Kelly says the road is living history:

Although it was officially taken out of service, it never went away. and in fact here in Illinois there are some 420 some miles that you can actually drive on."

The visitor's bureau's luncheon is at the Doubletree Wednesday at noon.

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