|Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum
FREE! (Donations Welcome)
110 W. Howard Street
815-844-IL66 or 815-844-5657 or
Summer Hours April - October
Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm
Saturday - Sunday 10 am to 4 pm
Winter Hours November - March
Monday - Friday 11am - 3pm
Saturday - Sunday 10am 4pm
Artifacts of Hall of Fame Members
Route 66 State Farm Arch
Travel the highway by visiting Route 66 towns
on our flip-rack library.
PLUS MUCH, MUCH MORE!!!
*Route 66 Items may be brought in for
donation or loan on Saturdays from 10 am to
Livingston County War Museum and
(next to the Route 66 museum)
FREE! Donations gladly accepted.
A fascinating look at the lives of soldiers who
served our country. Memorabilia from all wars
our country was involved in. An elevator has
been installed and is now available for
|Three swinging bridges over the
Bridge 1 (looking east from the Mill Street
bridge) - connects Riverview Drive and Play
Park. It was built in July 1898 by Joliet Bridge
Company with an iron structure, 190 feet long
and 4 feet wide and supported by cables
swung from masonry piers. The current bridge
is a wooden structure.
Bridge 2 (around the bend to the east) -
connect the Play Park and Chautauqua Park -
Eden M. Johnson Memorial circa 1926.
Bridge 3 (Pictured) (looking west from the Mill
Street Bridge) - connects the south side and
Riverside-Humiston Park. It was built in
connection with the adjoining park, circa 1978:
Illinois Contractors, Inc.
|The Yost House Museum
Located at 298 West Water Street is
a three - story, wood framed
structure built for Z.F. Yost, a
Pontiac attorney. Begun in 1898, the
Queen Ann-style house rests on the
bank of the Vermilion River,
providing a clear view of the river
below and behind the house. Visitors
enjoy the same scenery today,
filtered through the many trees and
shrubs which offer a haven for
visiting songbirds and waterfowl. It is
significant that the Twenty-First
Century has made little impact on
the structure, inside or out. Here,
nearly all the Yost family
possessions remain, some which
date back to the 1850's reminding
visitors of the rich and varied cultural
interests of its inhabitants. The
house is owned by the City of
Pontiac, funded by the J. Paul Yost
Trust and managed by the
Livingston County Historical Society.
Open by appointment,
|The Jones House
314 East Madison Street
A Gothic Revival brick house built in
1858. It is named for Henry C. Jones,
founder of the Pontiac Ice & Fuel
Company, and is the oldest brick home
in Pontiac. It is maintained by the
Livingston County Historical Society
and is open by appointment.
|Old City Hall Antique & Gift Shoppes
321 N. Main St.
Tue – Friday 10AM – 5PM;
Saturday 10AM – 4PM; Sunday noon – 4PM
|Historic Pontiac Courthouse
and county offices.
The courthouse is the gem of our
downtown square which is flanked
by great shops and eateries.
|The Jamison House (circa 1890),
located at 209 E. Howard St. was
recently refurbished and is now
Three Roses Bed & Breakfast.
Free tours by appointment.
|Visit all the towns along
the Illinois Route 66 Red
Carpet Corridor year
round. Contact Ellie
Alexander for Pontiac
|Each summer, The Vermillion Players Inc.,
an amateur theatre troupe based in
Pontiac, and which relies upon the talent
throughout all of Livingston County, has
been providing outstanding live theatre to
Pontiac and surrounding communities for
more than 40 years.
|15th Annual Bluegrass Festival
Sept 24-26, 2010 at Threshermen's
Park. Nine groups to be performing.
Check website link above for more
|Annual Threshermens' Reunion
62nd Annual Show will be September
2-6, 2010. Check website link above
for more information.
|Take a walk back in
time and visit historic
Click here to see
some of our wonderful
shopping and dining
|A new exhibit at the Route 66
Museum Complex in Pontiac
features the photography of
Michael Campanelli. Michael's
photographs were taken along
the entire stretch of Route 66,
from California to Illinois. If you
can't come to Pontiac to see
Michael's photography, visit
Michael's web site. The exhibit
is housed in the old jail in the
Old City Hall Building. Click
here to see photos of
|Humiston Woods Nature Center is open
every day of the year and is just 5 miles
north of Pontiac. The park has 5 miles of
trails through the 300 acres of woods.
Choice of primitive trail or The Fox Trail
for those who need sure footing and/or a
hard surface for wheel chairs. Humiston
Woods is the only nature center in Illinois
that features wheelchair accessibility.
The park boasts 30 types of trees.
Watch wildlife scamper about, gaze over
the 15 acres of prairie meadow east of
the woods. The meadow has been
carefully restored to the condition the
early settlers found it. Take a step back
Humiston Woods Nature Center: where
you can hike in the summer, spring and
fall and ski in the winter. A great location
for a family reunion or wedding.
PO Box 73
Pontiac, IL 61764
|Dargon Park Sculptures
Madison & Fountain
Large metal sculptures entitled “All Things Change and We
Change with Them” depict the changes that humans experience
while growing. Barry Tinsley, sculptor and artist, completed the
design, construction, and erection of the figures in 1998. 815-
Illinois State Police District 6 Headquarters (gun-shaped)
Built in 1941, the headquarters was inducted into the Route 66
Hall of fame in 2000. The building is constructed in the shape of
a pistol and served as the base for state troopers who patrolled
roads from Dwight to McLean. It was vacated in 2004 when a
new state police headquarters was built nearby.
|The newest addition to downtown
Pontiac is the International Walldog
Museum. There you can witness the
historical Walldog week-end in Pontiac
in June of 2009, see artwork by the
Walldogs, see artwork by local artists,
buy framed artwork and photographs,
or paint your own!
|While visiting Pontiac, see the 10 cars
and trucks located in the downtown
area painted by local artists. Take
photos of your kids, your pets, or
yourselves with these unique and
entertaining works of art.