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Wilmington Illinois (Route 66)

Wilmington itself has a history dating back to the early 19th century. It was founded in 1836 and developed as a trading post and farming community. The arrival of the railroad in the mid-19th century further facilitated the town’s growth and economic development. By the time Route 66 was established, Wilmington had already established itself as a small but thriving community.

Route 66 Attractions in Wilmington, Illinois:

  1. Gemini Giant: One of the most iconic landmarks on Route 66 is the Gemini Giant, a large fiberglass statue of a spaceman holding a rocket ship. It’s a popular photo stop and a symbol of the space age fascination of the mid-20th century.
  2. Launch Pad Diner: This diner, located near the Gemini Giant, is shaped like a rocket ship and continues the space-themed aesthetic. It’s a classic roadside diner that harks back to the heyday of Route 66.
  3. Route 66 Scenic Byway: The entire stretch of Route 66 through Wilmington offers a scenic and nostalgic journey through the past. The roadside motels, diners, and other attractions that have managed to survive the test of time contribute to the road’s unique charm.




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