International Route 66 Mother Road Festival Returns Back to Springfield Illinois in 2021

 A popular Route 66 event for classic car lovers is returning once again to Springfield Illinois after the cancellation in 2020 due to the pandemic. The International Route 66 Mother Road Festival was a great success in Downtown Springfield Sept. 24-26.  The three day festival was packed with hundreds of amazing cars, people from all over the country, certainly yummy food and live music!

We want to thank the event promoter Greg Cooper and his team for their great work. Sangamon Watch Company is one of the event sponsor and business participant. We look forward to the 21st annual festival next year.

Where Can I Get a Route 66 Passport? Mother Road Passports Available in Springfield Illinois

Are you ready for a Route 66 driving tour during this summer? Are you wondering where you can get a Mother Road Route 66 passport?

We received these beautiful 2022-2023 edition Mother Road Route 66 passports today and made them immediately available at our Sangamon Watches office in Springfield Illinois! If you are traveling through central Illinois and the city of Springfield on Old Rt 66, please stop by and pick up one, we will stamp it for you! We will share with you some Springfield Rt 66 spots that you may not know. Our office is just a few minutes away from Cozy Dog, Black Route History Museum, Maid Rite and Rt 66 Motörhead Bar Grill and Museum.

The enhanced second edition of Route 66 Passport, produced by Route 66 Navigation, is ready for both international and domestic travelers! Passport holders would collect unique stamps at 34 carefully selected locations along Route 66 as well as free souvenirs or discounts. Get stamps, get gifts and get fun! Come to get your passport at Sangamon Watches in Springfield, Illinois, you can also order online prior to your trip, FREE shipping with USA. Please email us at: brian@sangamonwatches.com.

While you are here in town, you may even want to browse or purchase a Mother Road Collection watch and claim your free gifts from us! Our showroom location at 206 South 6th Street, downtown Springfield IL (we are located right across from Springfield Visitors Center where you can claim your free RT 66 stamp for your passport! We accept all major credit cards.

Photos of Pontiac Illinois: Must-see Route 66 Shield Mural and More

On my way back from Chicago this morning, I decided to drive by Pontiac Illinois and shoot some photos for our Mother Road Collection watches. Pontiac is about one hour south of Chicago, where most of Route 66 travelers would make a stop to see the Route 66 Shield Mural. This beautiful and gigantic mural is right behind the Illinois Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Route 66 Museum and this is a beautiful spot for photo opportunities!! The building itself has been in the National Register of Historic Places since 1990. Bob Waldmire Road Yellow Yacht is next to the Route 66 shield mural.

The Route 66 Shield Mural is probably the most iconic in town and should be seen when driving the route! The mural was designed by Diaz Sign Art in 2006.

The small town of Pontiac has a lot of fun and well done murals. There are lots to see and do, most of it free! However, due to the pandemic, the Route 66 Museum and War Museum are closed. You can still look around on the street, there are a number of beautiful and well maintained murals. A great way to see Pontiac is to locate every mural it has to offer. I did exactly that today. Most of them are brilliant and it is a fun thing to do. BTW, a few restaurants seem to be open with outside seating.

There are many historic places in Pontiac, which as a city goes back to the 1830s, and through all these years it has gone through a lot of transformations, but it keeps its rich historic heritage. The Pontiac City Hall and the Fire Station building was constructed in Pontiac around 1900.

If you come on Route 66, bring your favorite car or motorcycle so you can get your picture made!

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