Saturday, July 25, 2015

Litchfield, IL RT 66 Museum

A group of citizens of Litchfield got together in 2011 and decided to build a museum to house artifacts from Litchfield.  The museum was finished in 2012 and immediately people in the area began stocking it with memorabilia.  The museum is small but has some interesting photos and artifacts from the area.

This old car was parked in front of the museum the other day.  Notice the Vic Shuling sign on the right.  He opened a gas station there in 1957 and I remember stopping for gas there when we were back in the area.

This beautiful old restored 1930 Ford was parked inside in an area called the garage.  It was in showroom condition and sparkled.  

 There weren't a lot of restaurants in the area back when I was in school and one of my favorites was Skinny's Cafe.  My dad was friends with Skinny and it was his restaurant of choice also.  He and his wife are pictured below.  As you can see his nickname didn't apply to his size.

 They had the best cheesburgers in Illinois and I was addicted to them.  It didn't take much convincing to have me tag along with my dad when he was going there.

Now there is a RV dealership situated on the spot where Skinnys was located.  I prefer that the restaurant would still be there.

Calhoun County is noted for producing the best peaches in Illinois and they are my favorites.  We lucked out this year and are back in time to pick up some of the delicious fruit.  They are almost the size of a softball and look beautiful.  I plan on enjoying one tomorrow for breakfast.

That was our day, how was yours?


  1. We used to have a place called the Dutch Mill (had an old fashioned Dutch windmill out front) that had french fries to die for in my hometown. Of course, it is no longer there and that is so very sad. Sometimes its hard to go back and visit.