This Abandoned Roadside Diner In Illinois Has Completely Transformed And You’ll Want To Visit

This aging Route 66 diner has been given new life after years of abandonment.

The Mill diner in Lincoln, Illinois is truly a slice of history. It opened in 1929 and was a local landmark for almost 70 years. With its bright red facade and whimsical Dutch vibe, it was hard to miss.

After closing in 1996, it looked like the end of The Mill’s story. However, a local non-profit managed to raise a whopping $90,000 in donations to save the historic roadside greasy spoon.

Citing its status as “a prime example of early American roadside architecture,” the group successfully revived The Mill and transformed it into a Route 66 museum.

Now, visitors can head to The Mill on 66 Museum once more to check out artifacts from the history of America’s most iconic highway. Exhibits include a miniature robotic replica of an old Lincoln gas pump and an animatronic leg that hangs from the ceiling of the museum.

The museum opened on April 29, so you can be one of the first to visit this revived local landmark.

The Mill Museum on 66 is located at 738 South Washington (Route 66), Lincoln, Illinois.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

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