Route 66 travelers must make a decision as to which
of two alignments to travel -- the pre-1930's alignment or the later
alignment which continued as
Route 66 until 1977. Both have their own
unique history, interesting stops, and photo opportunities.
two-lane alignment meanders through Chatham and
Auburn -- where you can see a piece of brick
alignment -- before moving on to
Virden, Girard, Nilwood, Carlinville,
Gillespie, Benld, Sawyerville and
Staunton. South of
Staunton, the road rejoins with the later alignment.
An old concrete segment and bridge north of Nilwood,