Route 66 – Part 1 – Chicago – Beginning at the Art Institute, and heading to Three Draw Bridges, Buzz Kurkel, Michigan Ave., Old Siscero, The Wishing Well Motel, Juliet, and more.
We edited out all of her snotty remarks, but she adds some new updates to the route in Chicago
Dear Mr. Scott
Begin Route 66′ sign is posted on Adams Street, … it actually begins at the SW corner of the Art Institute at Jackson and Michigan, which is where it began in November 1926. The route didn’t go down Adams Street for the first 30 years of its existence and only made it over there once Jackson Boulevard was finally declared one-way eastbound during the mid-1950s.
there are only three movable-span bridges on all of Route 66 in all eight states, and they’re all in the metro Chicago region Two of the three are on the South Branch of the Chicago River in downtown Chicago: … That would make the Ruby Street Bridge in Joliet the third one.. they are all classic Chicago-type bascule trunnion bridges. In fact, the Adams Street Bridge has been called by engineers as the earliest fully-realized example of such a bridge. That makes it an important piece of engineering history, not unlike the Sanitary & Ship Canal (which famously reversed the flow of the Chicago River), and a landmark. ..Ruby Street Bridge had a major renovation/repair in 2013.
Lawndale. It’s still one of the poorest areas in town and dangerous at certain times of the late afternoon and evening, but in 2014 it’s on the verge of being gentrified at its northeast end, nearest to the Illinois Medical District
The glass block and stone Berwyn welcome signpost is gone now, busted up by a car accident; its mate at the other edge of town has gone off to the Berwyn Route 66 Museum further down the road and has been replaced as of two years ago with a brand-new, shiny multimedia information kisok, courtesy of the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway authority, which didn’t exist 17 years ago when you made this video. ..
Bunyon’s giant Paul Bunyan statue was moved to downstate Atlanta, also on Route 66, and is parked in the center of town there. Bunyon’s in Berwyn, meanwhile, it long gone. Henry’s Drive-In is still there. .
the Wishing Well Motel has been gone for ages. Not even the empty lot is there (it’s something else now). Great inteview at the Wishing Well. Ditto the interview with Patrick Rhea at Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket, which is looking better than ever and still going strong with new generations of visitors discovering it The competition, White Fence Farm in Romeoville, whereas Dell Rhea’s remains a great roadhouse with live blues on weekends and a younger crowd. Me? I’m a Dell Rhea’s fan. Give me a roadhouse and Dell Rhea’s chicken every time!
this video is one heck of a time capsule …!
Well !! haha. In the entire series many of the people are gone now which make Jann Scott’s 22 Part Route 66 travel series more of a documentary series. You should watch the rest for that. It is a 50 50 toss up how route 66 is pronounced: everybody thinks they are right…. but you have admit traveling 66 is a hoot.
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