Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tourism Numbers High for Illinois Route 66's Livingston County-- Part 1

From the Jan. 23, 2014, WJEZ FM, Pontiac, Illinois, "Tourism Numbers high for Livingston County in 2013" by Nick McClintock. //// Pontiac and Illinois Route 66 Association's Route 66 Museum and Hall of Fame drew 25,000 people last year (from the ones who signed the guest book and headcounting and they're sure they missed some.). Ellie Alexander, Livingston County Tourism director said, "When they get to Pontiac, it feels like America to them." //// Of course, all of these tourists impact the local business and economy. //// Like Lincoln, Illinois, south of Bloomington-Normal, Pontiac has not been lax in its pursuit of its Route 66 heritage and any other thing, for that matter, that might attract tourists. //// I need to add here that a whole lot of the town's success comes from the late Betty Estes who was a remarkable woman. Her vision and efforts still impact the town. //// A Great Visit. --RoadDog

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