Thursday, October 18, 2012

Route 66: Union Is Last Stop for Santa Fe Sign

From the July 24, 2012, Chicago Tribune by Mitch Smith.

The Santa Fe sign that sat atop the  building at Jackson Street and Michigan Avenue in Chicao, near the terminus of east bound Route 66 is going to stay in the state instead of moving to New Mexico.

The Illinois Railway Museum in McHenry County (where I live) will take possession of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway sign  on the roof of Chicago's Railway Exchange Building at 224 S. Michigan Avenue (across from Grant Park).

The Creative Santa Fe art group also tried to get it for Santa Fe, New Mexico.

I was a bit torn by the whole thing.  I'd like to see it stay in Illinois, but then again, the name was Santa Fe and that was on Route 66.

The white letter were on the building until June when they were taken down and replaced with a sign for Motorola Solutions.

Union is about 60 miles northwest of Chicago.  Museum volunteers will refurbish the sign and after that it will join the display of Santa Fe equipment and railroad signs.  They already have a Santa Fe locomotive on display.

Glad to Keep It in the State.  --RoadDog

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