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Day Trip: Staunton & Mt Olive Illinois

March 20, 2015 Featured, Metro East, Travel No Comments

Two weeks ago I wrote a post called Please Enjoy The Weekend, I didn’t give the details of our planned day trip. Today I want to share with you what we did that day. We crossed into Illinois on the Eads Bridge and took state roads through Pontoon Beach, Edwardsville, and other towns on the way to our first stop.  A detour near our destination forced us onto I-55 for about a mile.

First stop: Main Street Staunton IL. We had lunch at Cavataio's Restaurant on Main & Edwardsville St, click for their website.
First stop: Main Street Staunton IL. We had lunch at Cavataio’s Restaurant on Main & Edwardsville St, click for their website. Go Bulldogs!!
Route 66
We were on Old Route 66 part of the drive from St. Louis to Staunton, at this point we turned right for our next stop.
If you've driven I-55 you've likely seem Country Classic Cars. This was my third visit since 2006, the 2nd visit for my husband.
If you’ve driven I-55 you’ve likely seem Country Classic Cars. This was my third visit since 2006, the 2nd visit for my husband.
Soulsby's Service
In nearby Mount Olive we found Soulsby’s Service, the oldest remaining Route 66 gas station building. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004, click image for more information from the National Park Service.
Because of the snow I couldn't walk to the Mother Jones monument, click image for more information
Because of the snow I couldn’t walk to the Mother Jones monument, click image for more information
After the cemetery we drove down a few streets of modest homes in Mt Olive IL but then we spotted this house
After the cemetery we drove down a few streets of modest homes in Mt Olive IL but then we spotted this house

We’re going to repeat this day trip when there’s no snow or water out. As car guys looking at classic on historic Route 66 is a fun interest. We have more fun planned for this weekend!

Spring starts this afternoon at 5:45pm.

— Steve Patterson

 

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