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Veterans Parkway as the Route 66 ‘Beltline’ December 1960

Aerial view of Veteran's Parkway, 1960.

This aerial, looking due north, shows the corner of Route 66 (“D”) and Route 9 / Empire Street (“G”) in late 1960. The Route 66 “Beltline” is now Veterans Parkway. Also seen here are the Illinois Agricultural Association (IAA) headquarters (“A”), which would be dedicated on September 7, 1961; Pemberton’s Furniture (“B”); Circle Lanes bowling alley (“C”); Holiday Inn, which would open February 8, 1961 (“E”); and Martin Oil Co. (“F”).

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History

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