The Mill on 66 in Lincoln IL Fall Clean-Up Day this Wednesday
September 17, 2013, The public is welcome to stop by The Mill on Route 66 this Wednesday, September 18th from 1pm-6pm during the fall clean-up day at the old historic restaurant located at 738 S. Washington in Lincoln, IL. Stop by and lend a hand or visit with Rt. 66 Heritage Foundation members and volunteers who remain dedicated to Saving The Mill. Tours will also be available of the landmark.
“We're getting ready for our signature event, the annual Cruise-In at The Mill on Saturday, October12th from 11am-3pm – the final day of National Scenic Byway Week,” said Geoff Ladd, chairman of the Rt. 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County, the group that owns the historic site. More information will be released soon about the Cruise-In, which is also the final event of the season for, and co-sponsored by, The Railsplitter Antique Auto Club.
“Stop by Wednesday afternoon and say hello, see what progress we have made, help us clean up the inside, provide inspiration, join the group as a member, make a donation, or tell us we're crazy! I didn't intend to make this a public event but it is a good informal opportunity to interact with the community,” said Ladd. “From doing our latest round of work this summer, there is stuff that needs to be cleaned and organized, and the downstairs needs a good spic and span cleaning – mopping the floors, wiping stuff down, that type of thing.”
Ladd said a wall of the future museum will be dedicate to those who have volunteered and donated funds and issued grants over the years, including organizations and individuals such as the National Park Service, The Danner Trust, Route 66 Association of Illinois, Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway, Lincoln Rotary, The Railsplitter Antique Auto Club and Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County.
“I always like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped with The Mill since we saved it from destruction back in 2006 with coordination from the city of Lincoln,” said Geoff Ladd, chairman of the Rt. 66 Heritage Foundation. “I particularly want to thank some very special individuals – Larry Van Bibber for his generous donation, the late Ernie Edwards for his insistence, John Weiss for his mentoring, Bruce Huskins for the Route 66 Garage Sale, the Huffman Family, Hallies Restaurant, Chris and Deb from Timeless Presentations, two very special anonymous donors, a bunch more folks I don't have room to name, all past and present board members, and all the generosity provided by the local media,” said Ladd. More information can be found at SaveTheMillOnRoute66.com.