MAY 6, SATURDAY
Next stop was Gardner, Illinois, where we stopped for the first time since leaving Joliet. We had a taste for a root beer float served at the famous Trolley Diner Car which is now located next to the equally famous two-cell jail in the park downtown. The Diner Car used to be behind the Riviera, but was moved after the fire. Sadly, the last owner had also tried to start a fire in it at the same time he burned down the Riviera.
A couple from the Lions Club were inside and making up the root beer floats. Cost was a donation. We had been in the Diner Car several times at the Riviera, but had never had a seat and eaten something. We talked with a couple doing the Red Carpet Corridor from St. Louis.
There is a marker outside the Diner Car for Bob and Peggy Kraft and the old Riviera.
We then went to inspect the two-cell jail and its top-of-the-line bathroom facilities. Glad I didn't need to use the bathroom at this point.
Root Beerin' Down 66. --RoadDog