Tourism

Macoupin County Rte. 66 Points of Interest Inventory

Virden:
-1898 Battle of Virden Monument (6 foot x 12 foot in bronze relief honoring fallen miners, their union and the area’s labor history). Will be dedicated Oct. 2006
-U.S. Post Office Mural by renowned illustrator James Daugherty
-Local historical mural including aviation pioneer Melvin Vaniman
-town square featuring several Mesker facades and storefronts
-WWI Memorial at Virden City Square Park

Girard:
-Deck’s Pharmacy and soda fountain (in its latest form)

Nilwood:
-Iron Sleds motorcycle mural honoring Rte. 66
-Original Rte. 66 pavement
-The Turkey Tracks

Carlinville:
-East Main Historic District
-Sears Standard Addition
-Macoupin County “Million Dollar Courthouse”
-Historic Cannonball Jail
-Macoupin County Historical Society Museum
-Historic brick square
-Blackburn College
-Two-story log cabin and old amusement park on old alignment on north edge of town
-north of town there is a good stretch of original alignment from the 1920’s

Gillespie:
-Buffalo Bill Ranger’s Ranch on Rte. 66 (Rte. 4)
-Original alignment at the Honey Creek Bridge north of Gillespie (along Rte. 4 between C’ville and Gillespie)

Benld:
-Fassero Oil Company (Rte. 66 Hall of Fame Member)
-Coliseum Ballroom (Rte. 66 Hall of Fame Member)
-Russian Orthodox Church (Holy Dormition Church)

Staunton:
-Henry’s Rabbit Ranch
-DeCamp Junction Roadhouse (Rte. 66 Hall of Fame Member)
-Country Classic Cars
-Post Office Mural of coal miners going to work
-1920’s restored clock
-1926, 1930, and 1940 Rte. 66 alignments

Mt. Olive:
-Soulsby’s Shell Station (Rte. 66 Hall of Fame Member)
-Mother Jones Miner’s Memorial (Rte. 66 Hall of Fame Member) and Union Miner’s Cemetery