Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Springfield, Illinois: April 29th-- Part 5: Bob Waldmire

Our next stop was at the Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum, which had its origins at the Dixie Truckers Home in McLean, just south of Bloomington-Normal.

The City of Pontiac was gracious enough to offer a site for the museum right by their historic square and now I consider it to be one of the best Route 66 museums. Two new additions to it are quite large and honor a Route 66 original, Mr. Bob Waldmire, the Artist of Route 66 and a free spirit if there ever was one.

Unfortunately, he died a little over a year ago, but his artistic legacy lives on as does his life. The old VW bus that we saw so many times at various places along the road is inside the museum in all its cluttered splendor. How he ever got all that stuff in there is beyond me.

It would help if they arrange to have some sort of interior lighting.

The school bus he converted into a home is parked out back as well as mural of Bob on Main Street. The bus is a 1966, 66, het it, Chevy bus he bought in 1987 in Grants, New Mexico.

There was a young couple from Australia in the museum while we were there.

Gas was $4.10 in Pontiac.

Our new car, a 2011 Chevy Malibu, has a free 3-month subscription to Sirius-XM rRadio and we're enjoying Channel 6, the Sixties Station. But, they sure do plat a lot of Petula Clark. Must have a special on her music this week. Great music to cruise Route 66. We're on 66 and listening to "Hanky Panky" by Tommy James & the Shondells.

Cruisin' 66 and Lovin' It. --RoadDog

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