Month: June 2020

  • Depot Light

    Depot Light

    The covered platforms of the former depot offer nice examples of asymmetrical architecture, including the overhead light and beams.

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  • Dwight Depot

    Dwight Depot

    The former train depot in Dwight offers beautiful architectural details (as we’ll also see in tomorrow’s post).

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  • Fire Chief Reflections

    Fire Chief Reflections

    Reflections of the past in the glossy enamel of the Fire Chief gas pump.

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  • Texaco Station

    Texaco Station

    During its heyday, Route 66 would at times be clogged with bumper-to-bumper traffic. It’s easy to understand why so many service stations line the road. What’s more difficult to imagine is that in 1937 a pedestrian tunnel was built in nearby Odell, Ill., to allow the town’s churchgoers to attend Sunday services.

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  • Mini-Billboard


    Cars fly past Dwight on nearby I-55, and the interchange has a typical assortment of fast food and gas station options. A little to the east lies a former Texaco station, complete with a mini-billboard.

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  • Mobil Station

    Mobil Station

    Not everything along the Route is in good repair, and in some cases, such as this former Mobil station, the rust and abandoned look is displayed with pride.

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  • Winnebago


    I love this cute little Winnebago trailer, circa 1953, and the texture the water creates on its sides.

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  • Standard Sign

    Standard Sign

    This service station features painted shingle siding. All along the Route, there are points of interest like this one, and many feature an audio recording that you can play to give you the historical context of the place.

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  • Standard Service

    Standard Service

    Buckle up for my Route 66 mini-series! Over the next two weeks, I’ll post photos from a late-march trip along a portion of Historic Route 66. While this series runs, I’ll be working on the last series in this series: Industrial Heartland. Eaves, Chris (March 16, 2020). Standard Service [Photograph]. Odell, Ill. Shot on a…

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