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The Mill 90th Anniversary


The 90th Anniversary Celebration at The Mill Museum on 66 in Lincoln, which opened on the original alignment of Route 66 in Lincoln in 1929. The Mill is now open for its 3rd year as a museum, and has quickly become one of top 20 Route 66 attractions to see in Illinois. The iconic bar and restaurant in its day, now includes an impressive collection of artifacts from The Mill, The Tropics Restaurant, The Pig Hip Restaurant and many other unique artifacts from Lincoln & Logan County and Route 66. Mill & Route 66 t-shirts and souvenirs are available in the gift shop. Admission is free but donations are suggested and needed.

The Mill will be open extended hours during Route 66 Weekend in Lincoln – Friday through Sunday from 9am to 4pm. The weekend event will kickoff with an official ribbon cutting at The Mill on Friday at 9am. The Mill Museum gift shop will have Route 66 Specials along with several participating Lincoln businesses including in the Historic Downtown Lincoln District. A Limited Edition Mill 90th Anniversary T-Shirt will also be available for the anniversary weekend, with proceeds as a fundraiser for The Mill (special thanks to Route 66 T-Shirt expert Marie Fiedler). There is also a Mill Raffle leading up to the big weekend, with the drawing on Sunday June 9th. Raffle items include an authentic Route 66 road sign, 2 Limited Edition Mill 90th Anniversary t-shirts and several gift cards from local businesses – a total of over $500 worth of items. Tickets are $3 each or 6 for $15 and are available at The Mill Museum and Logan County Tourism Bureau.

On Saturday at Noon at The Mill will be the dedication of The David G. Clark Mill Library, with two presentations of “Al Capone & the Route 66 Connection” at Noon and 2pm by David G. Clark himself. David is a Route 66, Chicago and Al Capone historian. He conducts Windy City Road Warrior tours from his home base of Chicago. David has been prolific and generous in his donation of Route 66 magazines and books to The Mill since it opened as a museum in 2017. (Note - due to unforeseen circumstances, David Clark will not give his presentation - it will be rescheduled for a later date).

On display as part of the library is a recently acquired collection of rare materials from the Pig Hip Restaurant & Museum (special thanks to Jude Harms and family). Rare document from The Mill, The Tropics and Lincoln/Logan County will also be featured. Saturday at The Mill is also the official Celebrity Autograph Day – pick up a list at the door and see if you can find them all. An informal gathering of classic cars from Railsplitter Antique Auto Club will gather at The Mill Museum between 11am and 3pm. All classic and sporty vehicles are welcome to come and go during the event. There is no registration fee, but donations are always welcome.

On Sunday, June 9th, from 9am-10am, The Mill Museum will be one of three Lincoln, IL passport stops for the Route 66 Association of Illinois Motor Tour. The other stops during that same hour will be the World's Largest Covered Wagon and the newly restored Tropics Sign. The public is encouraged to stop out at any of the three locations and greet the Motor Tour participants from all over the state and beyond.





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