Wednesday, June 8, 2016

News From Along Route 66, May 2016: Jensen's Point Reopening and Illinois Bike Trail

From the Route 66 News site.

MAY 6--  A formal celebration was held for the new California monuments recently designated national monuments in the state.  This includes the Mojave Trails National Monument which includes Route 66.

MAY 7--  The Jensen's Point grand reopening is set for May 30 at 2 p.m. in Pacific, Missouri.  It was built in 1939 by the CCC.  Now, if I can just get up all those steps I'm sure the view will be worth it.

MAY 9-  McLean County in Illinois is seeking an expansion of its Route 66 Bicycle Trail.  They want to complete seven miles of the trail outside the Bloomington-Normal metropolitan area.  they propose 4 more miles between Towanda and Lexington and 3.25 miles south of Shirley toward Funk's Grove and eventually want it across the whole county.  They have already scheduled work on 2.5 miles north of Towanda.

I look forward to one day there being a bike trail across all of Route 66.

And, it sure is good to see that Mclean County, and especially Bloomington-Normal is finally becoming aware of its Route 66 heritage.

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