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This beautiful old gas station was built in 1932 and served travelers on Route 66 until the mid 1960s when it stopped selling gas. This station then was used as a body shop until it closed its doors in 1975. Years of neglect took their toll on this old Standard station. The station would have disappeared if it had not been for the preservation efforts of the Illinois Route 66 Association and their Preservation Committee. A total of $55,000, from grants, matching funds and donations was raised to restore this station to its former glory - not bad for a grass roots effort.

The Odell Station may not sell gas anymore, but it has become a hot spot for the Route 66 road wanderers and is the focus of many car rallies and motorcycle tours. It also makes for one heck of a photo opportunity too! The day we stopped by there was nobody else there , so we took full advantage of it with the camera!


Location: 400 S. West St., Odell, IL

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