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The History of Route 66

The History

Pontiac and Route 66

Some 90 miles southeast of where Historic Route 66 began, you will find the farming town of Pontiac. Pontiac is home to some of the most famous Route 66 attractions including the Hall of Fame Museum & the Pontiac-Oakland Museum.

Route 66 defined a remarkable era in our nation's history - and it lives on today in Illinois' Route 66's many roadside attractions, museums, restaurants - and the shining ribbon of blacktop we call "The Mother Road."

A Bright Future

All Roads Point Towards Hemp

Route 66 and Pontiac are at the intersection of the transformation of the agriculture industry as it quickly moves into commercial hemp cultivation. We are witnessing the revitalization of the farming community, with Pontiac and Route 66 growing along with it.

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“I drive Route 66 every year with my wife and we always stop by Pontiac. Love it!”

Phil MartinezRoute 66 Fan