A pretty neat sign welcomes you to "Comets Park on Route 66".
This block was home to the Carterville (First National) Bank whose building
also housed the Carterville Hotel and later to a gas station and garage.
At that time this was a busy secection of downtown Carterville with dual
trolley tracks running east and west on Main Street.
old concrete drive from the long gone gas station and garage now sports
cool Carterville Route 66 monument style sign. The First
National Bank had moved to a new location in 1901 and the hotel
that suffered a serious fire in January of 1925. The station apparently
appeared not long after that so I'm guessing the fire led to the hotels
pavillion and playset are provided for the comfort and fun of visitors.
About Us We started traveling Historic U.S. Route 66 as a destination in 2009. It's like a 2,400 mile long drive back in time from Chicago to Santa Monica! more
You Know: Many parts of the old 4 lane Route 66 were reverted to a 2 lane
road after 66 was realigned to the interstate. In many places the abandoned
lanes are still there.