Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Illinois' Route 66 Abe Down, But Not Out-- Part 3

David Bentley, who built it, has volunteered to repair it (the wagon is damaged but Abe is alright) It won't be easy, bit I've already built the thing twice." It was previously damaged by a tornado that swept through the area. //// Lincoln tourism director Nancy Saul knows how important the wagon and statue are and wants it fixed as soon as possible. "We don't want to lose our Guinness listing....and hoping to get it in shape by the time tourisn season starts, typically in April." //// Costs are yet to be determined, but the town has insurance on the wagon and statue and two Route 66 groups have offered assistance (I'm sure the Illinlis Route 66 Association is one of them). //// The wagon is a huge tourist draw and since July, tourists from 9 countries and 20 states have dropped by the tourist office. //// Old Abe Always a Draw in Illinois for Some Reason. --RoadDog

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