Route 66 in the News
Pontiac Drives Away With New Museum
PONTIAC, Ill. - A community that already boasts of one of the biggest Route 66 museums on the route, the world's largest Route 66 shield mural, a world-famous war museum, and the International Walldog Mural & Sign Art Museum -- is getting a new museum that is sure to draw visitors from around the world.
At Monday night's Pontiac, Illinois' City Council meeting, Mayor Bob Russell announced that Tim Dye, a 30+ year collector and expert on Pontiac automobiles, is bringing his huge collection and museum of the "Pontiac automobile" to the city that shares its name.
"All this happens days from the announcement of the end of the Pontiac brand," stated Mayor Russell. "And we couldn't be more excited he decided to make Pontiac, Illinois the new home for his museum."
The mayor and city administrator have spent the past few months talking and meeting with Dye. They even traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma, the current location of the museum, to meet with Dye and his family, and tour the one-of-a-kind collection.
There is no time table on relocation of the museum, according to city officials.
"We are working out the details now," Russell added. "We are just excited that he is committed to coming here, and we are excited to have him and his family."
Dye has visited Pontiac, Illinois while scouting for possible locations for his museum. Pontiac, Illinois' location on Route 66, along with Pontiac's well known Route 66 museum and its proximity to Chicago, were some of the biggest draws, according to the mayor.
Dye's collection of Pontiac automobile pieces includes 21 automobiles, every Pontiac hood ornament ever made, and even a Pontiac horse buggy from before the company made automobiles.