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The Ultimate Guide to Atlanta, IL

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The Ultimate Guide What to do where to eat drink shop Also included is a brief walking tour of Historic Downtown Atlanta Your next stop on Route 66 WELCOME TO OUR CITY MIDWAY ON ILLINOIS MOTHER ROAD VERY SMALL VERY FRIENDLY VERY ROUTE 66

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WELCOME TO ATLANTA The first road to connect these 2 cities was the Illinois Route 4 in 1924 In 1926 this was re designated as U S Route 66 which brought travelers from Chicago to Santa Monica CA Fun fact Atlantans were responsible for paying for construction and upkeep of the famous road within the city limits Early Atlanta Atlanta was founded in 1853 by Richard T Gill this location chosen due to the railroad and Gill s innate sense of its importance Xenia was the town s first name chosen by Gill s eldest sister s mother in law after her hometown in Ohio There was already a Xenia IL so the name was changed to Hamilton There too was already a Hamilton IL The city was renamed for a third time on February 14 1855 as Atlanta Start Walking Tour Start at the Visitors Center 114 Arch St From the Visitors Center walk toward SE Race St At the corner turn left You will see the JM Judy Sons Grocer s mural painted by the Walldogs during the Letter Rip on 66 event in 2003 Photography by Noah Hutton Grayshade Photography U S Historic Route 66 Illinois Route 4 Driving Exhibit Located on the corner of NE Arch Street and Sycamore Street on Google Maps Across from Holland Trucking Company

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St Food Ar ch 1s tS t Attraction Shop SE Ra ce Vi ne St St E South St In the 1890s this building Union Hall did house the JM Judy Sons Grocer You can also view the sign for the Route 66 Arcade Museum a free playable arcade that runs on donations Please enter the Arcade Museum through the Visitors Center entrance Fun fact Union Hall the building that the Visitors Center is inside is one of the oldest buildings in Atlanta Walk north on SE Race Street cross the street and you will see Route 66 Park This park commemorates the former Atlanta High School and the former Atlanta Fair Fun fact The first African American to graduate Atlanta High School was Walter White in 1884 and was valedictorian

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Route 66 Park on Arch Street Along the path are markers and items from Atlanta s past including Knights of Pythias and Atlanta High School Follow the sidewalk to the Ticket Booth and look to the left you will see a bubbler fountain that used to be on the street corner Take a sip and enjoy the refreshingly cold water The red Ticket Office building is from the Agricultural Fair which was renamed the Atlanta Fair This fair was held in Atlanta yearly until 1930 There was a huge celebration that took place at the fair in Atlanta in 1875 at the fair African Americans in Atlanta hosted a bbq to celebrate the 12th anniversary of the Emancipation Up next is the Proclamation There was a massive Atlanta Public Library turnout among all Atlanta and Logan Clock Tower across County residents Race Street Fun fact Do you notice anything different about the time on each face Also in the winter time stops occasionally when the clock hands freeze

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Atlanta Public Library Clock Tower The clock tower was built in 1982 by community members to house the 1909 Seth Thomas clock that adorned the former Atlanta High School This clock is still hand wounded 3 times a week by the Keepers of the Clock Fun Fact Lester Hunt was a janitor at the library and later became Governor of Wyoming and later served in the Senate The Atlanta Public Library was the county s first free library and opened its doors in 1873 however it was in a different building On March 28 1908 the building you are looking at opened its doors The new library building was built debt free due to generous donations by residents This library is the only octagonal public library in Illinois and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places In front of the library you will find Atlanta s Veterans Memorial Leaving the library we are going to cross the railroad tracks towards Red Wing Bowl and then a left onto 1st Street These railroad tracks are the reason why Atlanta is here This was the Chicago Alton St Louis Railroad These tracks carried corn and soybeans from Atlanta to major regional cities You will see a white house by the red grain elevator This is the JP Hieronymus Carriage House the last carriage house still standing in Atlanta and relocated to this spot This building was built in 1909 by John P Hieronymus to house the family s horse and carriage

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JH Hawes Grain Elevator Crossing the tracks to the left is what looks to be a large red barn This is the J H Hawes Grain Elevator a place where farmers would pay to have their grain stored It is the only fully restored wooden grain elevator in Illinois and 1 of 3 on the National Register of Historic Places J H Hawes built this grain elevator in 1904 with a 30 000 bushel capacity The elevator was used until 1976 The restoration began in 1993 headed by Deanne May as he did not want to see the historic elevator torn down as proposed The Grain Elevator also has a selfguided tour We recommend taking it Fun fact Frank Hoblit provided 2 barrels of water per day to the citizens who desired it to be used for drinking cooking and scrubbing Back and to the left of the Carriage House you will see another building This is our new attraction the Atlanta Coal Company Historical Mine This historical coal mine had multiple mining attempts in the late 1800s and early 1900s However these attempts failed due to a combination of factors to include the water vein miners kept striking The failed coal mine s water was used to supply the citizens with water This was the start of Atlanta Water Works Inside you can view the mine hear the running water and read the story behind it

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JH Hawes Grain Elevator to Chubby s Bar Grill Behind the historical mine and carriage house you will see a large yellow water tower The other side of the water tower has a smiley face on it and is affectionately known as Smiley Water Tower thanks to Billie Cheek Atlanta s longest serving Councilwoman It welcomes visitors to Atlanta with a smile The tour continues on Vine Street across from Chubby s Bar Grill look across the street and you will see a beautiful window painting Wisteria Caf on the right Wisteria Caf was the place to go in the 1920s for ice cream and pop Now it is home to Arch Street Artisans a local shop Walk around the corner on the side of Chubby s Bar Grill a local favorite for burgers and you will see the Reisch Brewing Company Mural This location was the former outlet for Reisch Brewing Company based in Springfield After viewing the mural cross the street and take a right onto Arch St the street we started on and you will see a beautiful park with a sign in front of it This is Xenia Park named in honor of Atlanta s 1st name Atlanta City Hall North Greens Golf Course

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On Arch Street In front of Xenia Park is the panel detailing the Wide Awake March in Atlanta This was a very popular movement among young men who heavily advocated for Lincoln for President The banner shown on the sign was designed by an Atlantan dentist and carried by his nephew the leader of the Atlanta Wide Awake chapter Fun fact When Abraham Lincoln was officially nominated for President Atlantans were so thrilled they fired 33 rounds 1 round per state at the time in honor of the nomination The building beside Xenia Park is Memories Route 66 Museum The museum is full of Americana memorabilia It is a fun free museum to pop in and look around A few doors down is the Atlanta Museum This museum does a fantastic job telling Atlanta s history through the eyes of the residents There are exhibits about Atlanta High School Atlanta Fair Abraham Lincoln and so much more It is a great stop with free admission Next to the Atlanta Museum is the famous Palms Grill Caf aptly named after the owner returned from an enjoyable vacation in Southern California This caf is restored to circa the late 1920s When the Greyhound would come through Atlanta it would stop right outside the Palms Fun fact The antique cash register inside still works

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The Bunyon Giant Arch Street Across the street you will see a very large 19 foot giant This is The Bunyon Giant our Paul Bunyon giant we received in 2003 These giants were created by International Fiberglass of Venice CA in the 1960s originally designed to hold an ax but used to hold attention getters instead Our Bunyon Giant holds a hotdog as he was previously used at a restaurant in icero IL The Bunyon Giant is on loan due to Atlanta s exhibition of the Spirit of Route 66 This is one of Atlanta s most iconic landmarks You have finished our walking tour We recommend checking out the museumsMemories Route 66 Museum Atlanta Museum Route 66 Arcade Museum playable Grab a bite to eat at Chubby s Palms Grill Caf or Country Aire Grab a drink at Korner or a pick me up from Sip Shack Stock up on souvenirs at The Gift Box and Arch Street Artisans The Gift Box Country Aire Restaurant Chubby s Bar Grill Atlanta Fire Department and Walldog Mural Atlanta Truck Stop Dairy Queen

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Historic U S Route 66 Illinois Route 4 Driving Exhibit How to find it It is across from Holland Trucking Company and on Google Maps where Sycamore St meets NE Arch Street For those who want an extra stop on their Atlanta tour we HIGHLY recommend checking out the Historic U S Route 66 Illinois Route 4 Driving Exhibit This exhibit is a quarter mile stretch of the 1924 Illinois Route 4 which was redesignated as U S Route 66 in 1926 The stretch deadends at a gravel lot and vehicles over 40 ft may have a hard time turning around The billboard is a replica of one in Atlanta circa the late 1920s and the signs along with the stretch replicas of originals including the yellow stop sign There is an Illinois Scenic Byway panel by the gravel lot which details the construction of the road through Atlanta 2022 Events July 2 4th of July Fireworks Atlanta Ball Diamond July 23 24 Christmas in July and Market Weekend on Route 66 September 15 17 Atlanta Fall Festival Arch Street Cruise Ins June 5 10am 2pm June 18 8am 10am Kickoff for Logan County Route 66 Days July 3 10am 2pm August 14 8 10 30am August 28 10am 2pm September 11 Never Forget 10am 2pm www atlantaillinois org For donations to Tourism VisitAtlantaIL Paypal me visitatlantail tourismatlantail gmail com

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Business Directory Attractions Restaurants Drinks Country Aire 606 E South St JH Hawes Grain Elevator JP 5 30am 8pm Sat Thurs 5 30am 9pm Fri Hieronymus 217 648 5330 Carriage House seasonal opening Chubby s Bar Grill 111 SW Arch St 199 203 SW 2nd St 309 830 8306 10am 12am Mon Thurs 10am 1am Fri Route 66 Park 105 SE Race St Sat 10am 9pm Sun 217 648 2615 Historic U S Route 66 Illinois Korner 100 1st St Route 4 Driving Exhibit always 9am 12am Sun Thurs 9am 1am Fri open Corner of NE Arch and Sat 217 648 2745 Sycamore on Google Maps Palms Grill Caf 112 SW Arch St Route 66 Arcade Museum 8am 4pm Mon Sat seasonal 11am 3pm Wed Mon Dairy Queen 102 Empire St Tues 12pm 3pm 10am 9 30pm Sun Sat 217 650 2027 Atlanta Museum seasonal 114 Casey s pizza 700 E South St SW Arch St 11am 3pm Wed Mon 4am 11pm Sun Sat 217 648 2141 Tues 12pm 3pm Sip Shack coffee shop 204 SW Arch Atlanta Visitors Center Street Mon Fri 6am 4pm Sat 7am 12pm seasonal 114 SW Arch St 11amShops 3pm Wed Mon Tues 12pm 3pm The Gift Box 301 SE Vine St Atlanta Public Library 100 SE 10am 4pm Thurs Sat 12pm 4pm Sun Race St 10am 3pm Mon 10 00am10am 6pm Wed 309 660 5323 6 30pm Tues Thurs 10am 3pm Arch Street Artisans seasonal 103 Wed Fri 10am 2pm Sat 217SW Arch St 9 30am 4 30 pm Tues Sat 648 2112 Dollar General 101 Empire St North Greens Golf Course 8am 9pm Sun Sat 309 512 8400 seasonal Right end NE 1st St 217Casey s convenience store 700 648 5500 E South St 4am 11pm Sun Sat 217 648Red Wing Bowl 200 1st St 2141 5pm 11pm Mon Fri 10am 12am Atlanta Truck Stop Shell Gas Sat 1pm 6pm Sun 217 648 2350 Station 102 Empire St Atlanta s Parks City Hall 102 NW Vine St www atlantapark org 8 30am 4 30pm Mon Fri 217 648 2351 The Bunyon Giant 112 SW Arch Police Department 107 NE 1st St St 217 648 2373 Atlanta Sports Complex 647Atlanta Public Pool 105 NE 2nd St 669 W North St

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