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  1. Dodge Challenger Pictures
    My wife and I were on vacation this week and had no particular destinations in mind. We decided to hop in Lil' Twister and explore the Illinois portions of historical Route 66. We started out in Dwight, IL at 8am and and by the time we returned home that evening it was 7:30pm on the dot. I'll...
  2. First National Bank of Dwight, Illinois...

    Architect Frank Lloyd Wright engineered the building of this bank which was constructed in 1905. It originally housed the real estate office and bank of Frank L. Smith, a prominent local citizen, U.S. Congressman and Senator. It is the only one of the three banks Wright designed still standing...
  3. Backstreet Rendezvous with a Plumb...

    Edward Holcomb Plumb (June 6, 1907, Streator, Illinois – April 18, 1958, Los Angeles, California) (also credited as Edward Plumb and Ed Plumb) was a film composer best known for his work at Walt Disney Studios. He served as musical director of Fantasia and orchestrated and co-composed the score...
  4. The Kankakee River Valley | Kankakee, Illinois

    The Kankakee River takes a leisurely path from its origin to a point near Wilmington, Illinois, where it joins the DesPlaines River to form the Illinois River. It has long been acclaimed as one of the cleanest rivers in the Midwest. The Kankakee River is one of the few natural and unspoiled...
  5. The Murals of Pontiac, Illinois | Tradition of Farming

    Story Behind the Mural Farming has always been the backbone of the town of Pontiac, and all the surrounding towns in Livingston County. Every Labor Day week Pontiac hosts the Central States Threshermen's Reunion. The Reunion has been an annual event since 1949. This mural celebrates the...
  6. The Murals of Pontiac, Illinois | Route 66 Shield Mural

    The Story Behind the Mural The Route 66 Shield Mural is the oldest mural in Pontiac, IL. It was painted in 2006 by the wonderful artists at Diaz Sign Art. This shield is located on the outside, back wall of the Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum. The bricks you see in front of the mural are...
  7. Heritage Park Mural

    Dedicated in 2017, the Heritage Park Mural is the largest mural in Streator. This piece of art stands three-stories tall. Built by Westclox Studios, this mural took a rather plain wall and made it look incredible. The piece is actually backlit to make it look like lights are on in the building...
  8. All Lined Up And...Ready To GO!

    All Lined Up And...Ready To GO! Nothing better than a warm Saturday morning during the first nice weekend in Spring. Taking the car out for the first time makes a guy feel like he just took possession of a new Challenger in some ways. The long Winters sleep has no ended...
  9. Springtime Boulevard

    There are lots of places to take that first cruise after a long winter in our area. The tree's and flowers are just beautiful in late April and on into May/June. Here are some photo's I took in the Spring of 2021 on Lil' Twister's first outing. Sure was a fun drive that day and a great start to...
  10. 2018 Walldogs Mural Festival Video: Streator, IL

    June 27 - July 1 2018 - Walldogs Arrive in Streator In conjunction with the celebration of Streator's Sesquicentennial in 2018, the Walldogs took over the entire town for 5 days adding 17 murals to Streator's downtown depicting the community's rich historical heritage. This half hour...
  11. 1932 Standard Oil Filling Station in Odell, Illinois

    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...
  12. Streator Illinois WWII Canteen Monument

    The WWII Canteen Monument honors the spirit of Streator's WWII Canteen. The canteen opened on Nov.26, 1943. During World War II, many of the troop trains came through the Streator Santa Fe station. Local citizens organized the Track side Streator Free Canteen, one of hundreds of canteen across...
  13. Walldog Murals of Streator, Illinois | The A-1 Service Station

    Painted in 2008 by Curt Bedei, this mural features classic Hot Rods at a vintage service station. It is located at the A-1 Exhaust shop in downtown Streator. Location: A-1 Exhaust, 124 S. Park St., Streator, IL JUNE 27 - JULY 1, 2018 Walldogs Arrived in Streator In conjunction with the...
  14. Walldog Murals of Streator, Illinois | The Roamer

    Barley Motor Car Co. was a manufacturer of automobiles in Streator, Illinois. The initial model introduced in 1916 was called the Roamer and it was in their lineup through 1929. The Roamer was marketed from its inception as "America’s Smartest Car." It was also successful in many early racing...
  15. Walldog Murals of Streator, Illinois | Discoverer of the Planet Pluto

    The eldest of six children, Clyde Tombaugh was born on a farm near Streator, Illinois. He attended high school in Streator and moved with his family to a farm in Western Kansas, where a hailstorm destroyed the family’s crops, dashing his hopes of attending college. Tombaugh continued to study on...
  16. Dodge Challenger Pictures
    Took a little road trip with my father to take some pics of our cars in front of some different wall murals. Met for breakfast and then drove about 150 miles for some pretty cool pictures. (Sad these missed out on the calendar contest!) Next time I’m going to pay more attention to the sun. The...
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