The Mill officially opened on July 25, 1929 and was saved from demolition in 2006. The Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County has received numerous grants and donations on its way to becoming a Route 66 museum, but there is still about $30,000 more to be raised. 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. Geoff Ladd, chairman of the Route 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".
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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 Over the years, the restaurant became famous for it’s fried schnitzel, originally made of veal, and later of pork.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.
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