Travel & Outdoors | 18 February 2016The Realignment of Route 66 Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Ghost Towns of Route 66 talks all about the abandoned communities along the famed highway. Did you know that Route 66 once took a different route? Here’s the history of the realignment. Shea’s Gas Station Museum in Springfi eld presents a three-dimensional history of the American service station encapsulated in a former fuel center and vintage station relocated to the site. From Springfield South to Granite City, there are two distinct versions of Route 66. There is the 1926–1930 alignment that was originally Illinois State 4 and the 1930–1977 alignment that is now generally Interstate 55 with Route 66 serving as a frontage road. As with the section of Route 66 that lies east of Springfield, the alignments to the west are dotted with small, picturesque communities that have lengthy, colorful histories and an abundance of refurbished ghosts. Counted among the must-see ghosts are Art’s Motel in Farmersville. In Litchfield, there is the SkyView Drive-In Theatre and the Ariston Café, the oldest continuously operated, one-family-owned café on Route 66, dating to 1931. Other stops of note include Soulsby Station in Mt. Olive, which dates to 1926, and the Luna Café, circa 1924, in Mitchell. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Ghost towns lie all along the Mother Road. The quintessential boom-and-bust highway of the American West, Route 66 once hosted a thriving array of boom towns built around oil wells, railroad stops, cattle ranches, resorts, stagecoach stops, and gold mines. Join Route 66 expert Jim Hinckley as he tours more than 25 ghost towns, rich in stories and history, complemented by gorgeous sepia-tone and color photography by Kerrick James. Also includes directions and travel tips for your ghost-town explorations along Route 66. Explore the beauty and nostalgia of these abandoned communities along America’s favorite highway! Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.