The Cozy Dog Drive In has been family owned and operated since 1950. Home of
the "famous hot dog on a stick".
Here we are at the Route 66 Drive In, Springfield. We all pulled into the parking lot
where they were working on the marquee, the lift operator was kind enough to
take the camera up on the lift and snapped a shot of all of us.
Between Chatham and Auburn, Il there is a 1 1/4 mile stretch of the old brick road
dating back to 1926-30. It was a beautiful but rough drive through farm country.
This is the famous Henry's Rabbit Ranch. Henry collects rabbits, as in VW and hare.
A must see for every Route 66 traveler.
Just before St. Louis is the old Chain of Rocks Bridge. It has a distinctive 22 degree
bend in the the middle. It was opened to traffic as a toll bridge between 1929
and was finally closed in the late 60's. It was almost torn down in the 70's but it
cost more to remove than to renovate. See my fun facts page.
That's it for Illinois; the state has done a real good job of marking the original
route and in restoring and preserving stretches of the old road.