Blue Carpet Corridor – A Route 66 Celebration
“MINERS, MOBSTERS & THE MOTHER ROAD”
Litchfield is proud to be a member of the Blue Carpet Corridor along Historic Route 66. We recently participated in a city-wide celebration that showcased our place along the Mother Road. We are located in the Blue section or corridor along Route 66, with the other two being the Red Corridor and the White Corridor. What is the Red, White and Blue Corridor, you ask? Depending on the location of a city along Route 66 within the state, it could be located in one of the three corridors. The following explains the location of each corridor along the historic route:
North – Red Carpet Corridor: the first corridor along Route 66 is the Red Carpet Corridor. The towns along this section include: Joliet, Elwood, Wilmington, Braidwood, Godley, Braceville, Gardner, Dwight, Odell, Pontiac, Chenoa, Lexington and Towanda.
Central – White Carpet Corridor: plans are in the works for a White Carpet Corridor, or the second section along Route 66. It will include the towns between Bloomington and Springfield: Bloomington, Shirley, McLean, Atlanta, Lawndale, Lincoln, Broadwell, Elkhart, Williamsville, Sherman and Springfield.
South – Blue Carpet Corridor: the third corridor along Route 66 is the Blue Carpet Corridor. The towns along this section include: Chatham, Auburn, Thayer, Virden, Girard, Nilwood, Carlinville, Gillespie, Benld, Staunto, Williamson, Glenarm, Farmersville, Litchfield, Mt. Olive, Livingston, Hamel, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Collinsville, Fairmont City, Pontoon Beach, Mitchell, Granite City and Madison. The Blue Carpet Corridor starts in Chatham and is aligned with the three roads or alignments of Route 66, the original alignment which extends down to Collinsville, the Historic two lane from 1930-40 which runs through Litchfield and Mt. Olive, and the more recent four lane alignment from 1940-70.