Friday, February 20, 2015

Monday, October 22, 2012

Atlanta, IL

Paul Bunyon welcome you
to Atlanta, IL

   Atlanta is in Georgia and Old Route 66 doesn't go through it, right? And Paul Bunyan carries an ax, not a hot dog. Who knew that Atlanta is midway between Chicago and St. Louis? Oh yes, that is Atlanta, IL. I had never heard of Atlanta, IL until I read about it in Lauren's blog "Thoughts of a Route 66 Business Owner".  (If you are ever near Afton, OK stop by and say hi to her at the Afton Station. Click here to learn more about it on TravelOK.com.)
  This Paul Bunyon was in front of a cafe in Cicero, IL for many years and now is proud to welcome visitors to Atlanta. Note this guy spells his name with an "o" to avoid confusion with the many other 19' Paul Bunyans along Route 66. Click here to learn more on the tourism page. The tourism page also tell about the murals that are in Atlanta. 
  The official Atlanta, IL website has information for residents, tourist, and future businesses. Of course, I am a virtual tourist so I will wander on down the street. I understand that there is tons of genealogy information in the local library. Being a history buff, I want to be sure to visit the "Atlanta Museum Exhibits" while I am there. 
   My very favorite stop on this virtual visit is the J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator. The little kid in me had the best time clicking on all of the links to learn "Where Do Your Cornflakes Come From". The museum is only open during the summer months, but one can visit online anytime. Also, there are some fantastic resources for teachers, check out those links also.
  While visiting the Atlanta, IL website I discovered EnjoyIllinois.com. Off I go to learn more about that website...want to come along?