Save The Mill on Route 66 in Lincoln Illinois
Save The Mill on Route 66 in Lincoln, Illinois

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The Mill

The Mill Open this weekend Aug 23 & 24 for Tours, T-shirts & Souvenir Sales, Antique/Flea Market Items for Sale

The public is welcome to come out to The Mill on 66 this festival weekend in Lincoln from 9am-4pm Saturday and Sunday for tours, as well as to check out souvenirs for sale including Made in America Mill T-shirts. Flea market and antique items will also be on sale. The Mill is located at 738 S. Washington in Lincoln on Old Route 66. Efforts are ongoing for the restoration of the famous restaurant into an eventual museum. The Mill will also be open Sat/Sun Sept. 13 & 14 from 9am-4pm – flea market and craft vendors are welcome to set up $10 per booth space. Saturday Sept. 13 from 1pm-4pm is also the 8th Annual Car Cruise-In at The Mill brought to you by the Railsplitter Antique Auto Club and the Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County. Details on the Cruise-In are forthcoming. For more info email to or call 217-671-3790.

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".

Help Save The Mill! We are raising money to finish the project - HVAC, plumbing, & accessibility expenses.
Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County

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Annual Mill Cruise-In
The Mill 8th Annual Cruise-In co-sponsored by Railsplitter Antique Auto Club is coming up Saturday September 13, 2014 from 1pm-4pm at The Mill, 738 S. Washington in Lincoln, IL. The event includes a car cruise-in with great classic cars, live acoustic music, food, as well as door prizes and 50/50 drawings. We will have our new Made in the USA t-shirts with our new Mill logo for sale. Come Celebrate with us!

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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.
Mill 1946
Photo courtesy Leigh Henson
Mill Work Day
May 10, 2008 Rt. 66 Assn. of Illinois Preervation Committee Work Day

RECENT Developments:
A new push has begun to save the original structure of the Mill.  We have our annual Car Cruise-In on Saturday Oct 12 from 11am-3pm. We will have our new Made in the USA t-shirts with our new Mill logo for sale.

Press Release 9-22-13 - The Mill on 66 in Lincoln IL Car Cruise-In Saturday Oct 12!

Press Release 9-15-13 - The Mill on 66 in Lincoln IL Fall Clean-Up Day This Wednesday
Volunteers Welcome, Open for Tours!

A descendant of The Mill - Route 66 News

New Hope for Old Mill
(Lincoln Daily News Article from 10-12-06)

Mill on Landmarks Illinois 2008 Endangered List

Visit Leigh Henson's website for more information on The Mill!

Route 66 Heritage Association of Logan County

Purpose: Promote and preserve Route 66 sites in Logan County


  • Restoration of Logan County Route 66 attractions
  • Brochure promoting Logan County Route 66 attractions
  • Organizing tour of Logan County Route 66 attractions
  • Compilation of Logan County Route 66 stories, photos & memorabilia
  • Plan special events
  • Post info on Route 66 blogs
  • Participate in functions organized by Illinois Route 66 Association and Illinois Route 66 Heritage Project

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