Reminder: 7th Annual Car Cruise-In at The Mill, Saturday October 12th
October 10, 2013, The public is welcome to check out The Mill Car Cruise-In Saturday, October 12th from 11am-3pm as part of Illinois' National Scenic Byway Week activities at the old historic restaurant located at 738 S. Washington in Lincoln, IL. The annual meeting of the Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County, the group that owns the historic site, is also the final event of the season for, and co-sponsored by, The Railsplitter Antique Auto Club.
Admission for visitors is free and as always donations are welcome. Vehicle registration for the Cruise-In is $5.00, with all proceeds going to saving The Mill. There will also be a 50/50 drawing, live acoustic music from special guest performers, and a special lunch meal on sale by Hallie's Restaurant, which is owned by Brian Huffman, a descendant of the Huffman family who owned the restaurant in its heyday. Tours will also be available of the landmark.
The Mill in Lincoln opened in 1929 under the name of the Blue Mill, on Stringer Avenue. It’s proprietor was Paul Coddington, who would serve patrons grilled sandwiches at any hour of the day or night. A Dutch themed building with blue trim, it featured at revolving windmill and waitresses dressed in blue with white aprons. In 1945, Albert and Blossom Huffman purchased the building, added a barroom and dance hall, and then painted the building barn red. Over the years, the restaurant became famous for it’s fried schnitzel, originally made of veal, and later of pork. By the mid 1980’s the Mill had lost most of the Dutch themed interior, and was becoming a museum of rather strange objects, including a mechanical leg protruding from a hole in the ceiling. The Mill closed in 1996, however the building is still standing in its original location.
“Thanks to a very special anonymous donation, we will also have on sale Made in the USA t-shirts with our brand new Mill on 66 logo on them,” said Geoff Ladd. Other collectible items will also be on sale to raise funds for the eventual Route 66 museum. “We need to raise about $30,000 more to finish the project – we have had great donations and grants from several organizations and individuals – thanks to all of them,” said Ladd. The group has also set up online donations and memberships, and will have the new t-shirts on sale on the web soon. More information can be found at SaveTheMillOnRoute66.com.