Route 66 in the News
Betty Estes Receives Award
PONTIAC, Ill. - The Illinois Route 66 Heritage Project, represented by Bill Kelly, visited Pontiac today to make a presentation to Pontiac's Betty Estes. The award recognizes Betty's many contributions to the creation and development of Route 66 as a tourist attraction in Illinois.
Kelly also announced the creation of a college-level scholarship named for Estes, which will be awarded for study in the field of tourism at one of the state universities in Illinois.
According to Kelly, "Betty is truly, the mother of the Route 66 heritage movement in Illinois. She was instrumental in the creation of the Route 66 Heritage Project, has worked tirelessly to promote Route 66 in Pontiac, and served as an ambassador to thousands of visitors who come to Illinois to travel down the Mother Road."
Estes served as the City of Pontiacís first Tourism Director and still is deeply involved with local tourism efforts. She has won Pontiac's Citizen of the Year Award, been recognized by the Route 66 Association, and is a valued member of the Pontiac community.