Route 66 Road Trip to Dwight, Illinois

Welcome to the Village of Dwight in Illinois on Historic Route 66

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.

"The Mother Road" was established on November 11, 1926, and ultimately stretched 2,448 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles.

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.

The beginning point of Route 66 in Chicago has changed over the years, originally starting on Jackson Boulevard at Michigan Avenue in 1926. Since 1933 the starting point has been Jackson Boulevard at Lake Shore Drive.

Outside the metropolitan Chicago area, Route 66 followed the Pontiac Trail, a former Indian trail and stagecoach road.

From its beginning in Chicago, Route 66 headed southwest to Joliet, Wilmington, Braidwood, Gardner and Dwight.

Dwight, Illinois

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.

The C&A Railroad Depot, built in 1891, served for a time as the Village Hall, and is now home to the Dwight Historical Society and the Dwight Economic Alliance.

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.

Today, Dwight remains a popular stop for those travelers on road trips across Illinois Route 66!

Map showing the approximate route of U.S. Highway 66 in Illinois and the location of Dwight
Map showing the location of Dwight in Illinois on Historic 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.

Read more about Ambler's Texaco Station at the National Park Service (NPS)

A Route 66 Roadside Attraction: Ambler/Becker Texaco Station in Dwight, Illinois Ambler's Texaco Station in Dwight, Illinois

Interior of Ambler's Gas Station showing exhibits and various historical items
Interior of Ambler's Texaco Gas Station in Dwight, Illinois

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 ...
Dining ... Shopping ... History ... on Historic Route 66

Dwight, Illinois ... My Family's Destination

The "Route 66 Experience" hub at Ambler's
Dwight, Illinois Route 66 Kiosk
Dwight, Illinois sign ... On Route 66 in the 1954 Oldsmobile

More Scenes Around Dwight

The Dwight Train Depot ... home to the Dwight Historical Society and the Dwight Economic Alliance
The historic train depot in Dwight, Illinois

Dwight Library
The Library in Dwight, Illinois
Farmer's Market
Farmer's Market in Dwight, Illinois, sponsored by the Dwight Economic Alliance
Amtrak Station in Dwight
Amtrak Station in Dwight, Illinois
Dwight Fire Protection District
Dwight, Illinois Fire Protection District

When in Dwight, be sure to be on the lookout for the K-9 police dog! A great looking Basset Hound :-)
Dwight, Illinois K-9 Police dog sculpture

And nearby is the Guardian Angel Basset Rescue (GABR) Park, located at 413 West Waupansie Street in Dwight.
Learn more about the organization and the Illinois Waddle ... Guardian Angel Basset Rescue website
Guardian Angel Basset Rescue (GABR) Park in Dwight, Illinois

Interactive Map of Dwight Illinois

Dwight Area Lodging


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More Information about Dwight & Illinois Route 66

Website of the Village of Dwight, Illinois


Dwight Historical Society


Dwight Economic Alliance


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Route 66 Association of Illinois


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