Illinois U.S. Route 66 (site 1)
The marker is located on the west side of the town of Lexington along old Route 66 (County Road 8) at its intersection with Lexington's Main Street.
Illinois History Club of Lexington High School and The Illinois State Historical Society
In 1926, construction began on a 2,448-mile highway from Chicago to Santa Monica, California. Route 66 reflected the increased use of motorized vehicles. The road, which cut diagonally across Illinois, passed through Lexington. Sleek restaurants, service stations and motels were built specifically to accommodate travelers. The original two-lane, concrete highway - a section of which is located here - was replaced over a span of thirty years by the more modern interstate highway system. In Illinois, Interstate-55 closely parallels old Route 66.
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