A Morning in Pontiac

Day 3, Friday

What a gem of a town! Cute beyond words and full of wonderfully welcoming people, as you step back in time!

Highlights:

  • Route 66 Museum – highlights from Route 66, the 1950’s House, and a floor hosting the Livingstone County War Museum
  • Murals – the town commissioned artists to create fabulous retro wall art
  • The Pontiac Museum – of course!
  • Jerry McClanahan’s RV – he was the original route 66 mapper who lived on the road in his amazing RV, and whose maps we are using right now. Sadly he died in 2012
  • The Hallmark Shop! (see end of post)
The Route 66 Museum,Pontiac

The Route 66 Museum,Pontiac

The lovely Rose from the Route 66 Museum, who made us feel right at home in Pontiac!

The lovely Rose from the Route 66 Museum, who made us feel right at home in Pontiac!

The Route 66 Museum, Pontiac

The Route 66 Museum, Pontiac

The 1950's house - just like visiting Grandma's

The 1950’s house – just like visiting Grandma’s

The 1950's house bedroom

The 1950’s house bedroom

Kitchen complete with ration books and a daybook for the home

Kitchen complete with ration books and a daybook for the home

Radio in the 1960s

Radio in the 1960s

The Livingstone County War Museum

The Livingstone County War Museum

All Gave Some, Some Gave All

All Gave Some, Some Gave All

We met ex-Korean Veteran Bob, who showed us around

We met ex-Korean Veteran Bob, who showed us around

Just a few of the hundreds of uniforms on display, all with their stories attached. Painstakingly curated by volunteers. Awesome

Just a few of the hundreds of uniforms on display, all with their stories attached. Painstakingly curated by volunteers. Awesome

Chicago Daily Tribune

Chicago Daily Tribune

100's of original newspapers on display

100’s of original newspapers on display

Information centers are all along Route 66, all in this style. Jerry's RV and the magnificent Route 66 mural are behind

Information centers are all along Route 66, all in this style. Jerry’s RV and the magnificent Route 66 mural are behind

Jerry McClanahan's Magnificent RV

Jerry McClanahan’s Magnificent RV

One of Pontiac's fabulous murals

One of Pontiac’s fabulous murals

Pontiac Mural

Pontiac Mural

Place of Sweets!

Place of Sweets!

His Master's Voice

His Master’s Voice

Pontiac Town Hall

Pontiac Town Hall

The street sign that Mark walked into! If you look carefully on all photos from now, you'll notice a red graze over his right eye

The street sign that Mark walked into! If you look carefully on all photos from now, you’ll notice a red graze over his right eye

Mark's first introduction to Abe Lincoln, the most famous Illinois resident

Mark’s first introduction to Abe Lincoln, the most famous Illinois resident

Pleased to meet you sir!

Pleased to meet you sir!

We met the lovely Rose at the Pontiac Museum, who happily modeled her signed jacket from roadster Billy Pierce!

We met the lovely Rose at the Pontiac Museum, who happily modeled her signed jacket from roadster Billy Pierce!

Pontiac Museum Neon Sign

Pontiac Museum Neon Sign

Museum panorama

Museum panorama

1964 Parisienne Safari Wagon

1964 Parisienne Safari Wagon

1929 Oakland Roadster

1929 Oakland Roadster

I would also like to express my apologies to the owner of the Hallmark card shop in Pontiac, where we made a definite impression. Mark picked up a large glass candle by its lid, and it fell to the floor knocking other items off the shelf, and bringing the owner running. Happily nothing was broken other than the peace. We tried to distract her from our carnage by telling her the amusing story about Mark walking into the road sign.

We decided to buy a candle and when I got it to the counter I somehow dropped it too and it smashed all over the counter, bringing the owner this time with a dustpan and brush. We made our apologetic purchases and scarpered. As we reached the car, Mark realised he had lost his camera lens cap, and we had to go back to the Hallmark, and there it was on the floor. We apologised again. The owner said she would pray for us.

It’s fair to say Pontiac left his mark on us, but this was one stop where I think we made our presence felt too!

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