From the April 1, 2016, Bloomington (Illinois) Pantograph "Downtown draw: Route 66 visitors center draws tourism."
Downtown Bloomington has become a destination for thousands of Route 66 travelers in the first year of operation of the Cruisin' With Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center.
"These are visitors who have been bypassing our community for years," said Beth Whisman, executive director of the McLean County Museum of History.
They held a one-year celebration from noon to 4 p.m. on April 25.
It opened April 25, 2015 and so far 16,000 have visited. Of the 3,211 who signed the register, 311 were international and 933 from out of state.
An Illinois Wesleyan University study showed the new center generated $322,000-$445,000 in visitor spending in the community.
I Am So happy That These Two Towns Have At Long Last Come to realize Their Route 66 Heritage Is Valuable. RoadDog
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