U.S. Route 66 was one of the United State's first continuous stretches of paved highway, and served as a major path for those who migrated west.
Most travelers seem to start their journey on Route 66 in Chicago, and head westbound. That is the direction we take on this website. But others start in Santa Monica and drive eastward to Chicago.
From its beginning in Chicago, Route 66 headed southwest to Joliet, Wilmington, Braidwood, Gardner and into Dwight.
The Village of Dwight is located in northeastern Livingston County, and is about 78 miles southwest of Chicago, and 220 miles northeast of St. Louis, Missouri. It has a population of over 4,000 residents.
Today, Dwight remains a popular stop for those travelers on road trips across Illinois Route 66!
Ambler's Texaco Station
Ambler’s Texaco Station was built in 1933 at the corner of Route 17 and Old Route 66, and serviced travelers at that location until 1999. The station gets its name from longtime manager Basil “Tubby” Ambler, who operated the station from 1938 to 1966. Gas stations in those early years were styled to be homey and inviting to customers, as well as inconspicuous in their residential, suburban surroundings. This station definitely has that "cottage look and feel".
The station operated as a gas station until 1999 and was an auto repair shop until 2002, when the owner Phillip Becker generously donated the station to the Village of Dwight. So, sometimes it is called the Ambler/Becker Station.
The building, now a popular Route 66 Roadside Attraction, has been renovated and is now Dwight's visitor's and information center.
More to see near Ambler's Station
Adjacent to and just north of the historic Ambler/Becker station are these signs and photo ops, including the Oldsmobile ...
My family's destination is Dwight ...
|The "Route 66 Experience" hub at Ambler's
In 1921 paving was finished on the Chicago to Springfield road, which in 1926 was designated as part of U.S. Route 66. In 1964 the first phase of Interstate 55 was completed, passing Dwight to the north and west.
Across the street from the Depot is the First National Bank of Dwight, designed by Architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1905, and put on the National Register of Historic Places. Lions Lake Park is a pleasant place to stop on your road trip, with bathrooms provided.
Dwight's well-known historic windmill is located outside the former Oughton Estate. The original Oughton Carriage House now serves as the public library.
|The Dwight Train Depot ... home to the Dwight Historical Society and the Dwight Economic Alliance
When in Dwight, be sure to be on the lookout for the K-9 police dog! A great looking Basset Hound :-)
Map showing the approximate route of U.S. Highway 66 in Illinois and the location of Dwight
More Information about Dwight & Illinois Route 66