News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Breaking News

Valley Life

October 6, 2013

Take a traveling tour of the National Road in Illinois

The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism, announce the 2013 Illinois Scenic Byway Week will take place Saturday through Oct. 12. Illinois Scenic Byway Week encourages the public to experience one of the state’s seven historic routes.

The National Road is one of those seven byways. The road rose from dust and prairie grass to become the blueprint for an ocean-to-ocean highway also known as U.S. 40. During the week, organizers encourage people to travel the 164 miles of the National Road in Illinois. The “National Road Art & Architecture Traveling Tour” will bring travelers on consecutive tours either east to west or west to east.

The east-to-west tour starts at Harlan Hall in Marshall, Ill., then travels to Martinsville Agricultural Fairgrounds before heading to Casey Country Club. Travelers can then make a stop at the Genealogical and Historical Museum in Greenup before ending the day at the Effingham County Courthouse Museum.

The west-to-east tour starts off at Collinsville History Museum, then moves over to Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville; travelers can then make a stop at Mersinger Pioneer Cabin in Troy, and head to Kaeser Park in Highland, followed by the Hoiles-Davis Museum in Greenville before ending the day at the National Road Interpretive Center in Vandalia. Each site will give a tour and explanation of the community, along with other activities. A marked map will be given to each driver indicating where to find some interesting sites in the area. The map will also lead the driver to the next community.

Red white and blue shields will guide drivers. Visitors can also check out a new interactive website at, where individuals can plan their trips through the road.

While on the Art & Architecture Traveling Tour, people may want to stop at additional sites like Casey’s “World’s Largest Wind Chimes, Golf Tee, Knitting Needles and Crochet Hook,” Greenup’s Covered Bridge designed by Thomas Jefferson, Collinsville’s “World’s Largest Catsup Bottle,” and Illinois’ oldest Capital building in Vandalia.

For more information contact the Effingham Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-772-0750 or the National Road Association of Illinois in Vandalia at 1-888-268-0042. Or,  stop by either location to pick up a brochure.

For more historical information on the National Road Association of Illinois, visit or call 888-268-0042.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Valley Life
Latest News Poll
AP Video
Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques Raw: Lawmakers Scuffle in Ukraine's Parliament Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Obama Offers Condolences at Dutch Embassy The Rock Finds His Inner 'Hercules' Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' ShowBiz Minute: Hoffman, Oberst, Box Office UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message WWII Vet Gets Medals, 70 Years Late Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball Israeli Aircraft Hits Dozens of Gaza Targets US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights
NDN Video
Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot Sebastian The Ibis Walks Beautiful Bride Down The Aisle | ACC Must See Moment NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Faces of Souls Lost in Malaysian Plane Crash 105-year-old woman throws first pitch Man Creates Spreadsheet of Wife's Reasons for Turning Down Sex 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success Rory McIlroy struggles, surges, wins British Open

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -


    March 12, 2010