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Alton Railroad Depot
119 West Main Street
The Depot, which was built in 1891 and designed by Henry Ives Cobb, served for a time as the Village Hall, and is now home to the Dwight Historical Society and the Chamber of Commerce. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, the Depot is one of only a few stations between Chicago & St. Louis featuring architectural design of the 1890’s.

Ambler-Becker Texaco Station
this authentic 1930’s gas station, located on the corner of Routes 66 & 17, has been restored to serve as a Welcome Center for the Village of Dwight. The station was named to the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame in 2005, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Bank of Dwight
132 East Main Street
This bank, founded April 10, 1855, is the 3rd oldest bank in Illinois. The Greek classic designed building, built in 1910, remains the same except for two canopies. In 1974 the interior was expanded and remodeled, though the original farm scene murals painted byViennese artist, Oskar Gross, still exist.

The Country Mansion
101 W South St.
Built in 1891, originated as the Scott House, a twenty room Victorian boarding house. In 1895, the home was elaborately renovated and used as a private home by John Oughton, one of the founders of the Keeley Institute. Finally, in 1977, the home was remodeled and opened as The Country Mansion. The home has been on The National Register of Historic Places since September 23, 1980.

First National Bank of Dwight
122 West Main Street
Built in 1905 and designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, this building remains much the same as when constructed. It is the only one of Wright’s two designed banks still standing.

Pioneer Gothic Church
201 N. Franklin Street
Built in 1857, this church is a fine example of Carpenter Gothic Architecture. Pointed arched windows and doors as well as board and batten frame construction characterize this style. King Edward VII worshipped at the church in 1860, while on a hunting expedition in the area. After withstanding several different ownerships and uses, as well as a complete renovation, the church was named as one of the “150 Architectural Treasures” in the State of Illinois by the Association of Illinois Architects in 2007, and is listed on the National Historic Register.

M2A Farm

32794 N 2300 East Road
Come and visit this wonderful farm that is home to Suri Alpacas, llamas, Turkish Akbash livestock guardian dogs, chickens, ducks, cats, and Patagonian Maras. Whether you’re an alpaca owner, researcher, or just coming for a visit, this farm is here to help you!

Wm. Fox Development Center
134 W. Main Street
This State of Illinois Residential facility provides support and service to people with developmental disabilities. It is the original site of the Keeley Institute, a world renowned center for the treatment of alcoholism, and also the Livingston Hotel. Art glass windows, by Louis J. Millet can be seen above the main entrance, each window signifying one of the five senses.

The Windmill
101 W. South Street
Located behind The Country Mansion, and was originally built in 1896 to supply water for the Oughton Estate and grounds. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Restoration and renovation of the Windmill was completed in 2005.


American Legion Speedway
600 S. Third Street
Best dirt track racing in the Midwest. UMP modified, UMP late models & Street Stocks. Racing every Sat, mid-May through Labor Day weekend. Time Trials 6:30pm with racing @ 7:30pm.
815-692-3222 or 815-692-4064


Standard Oil Gasoline Station
213 S. Front Street
Collect souvenirs at this Rt. 66 icon! If the station is closed at the time you visit, a brief recorded audio history is still available. So come out and visit a bit of historic America, where you once could buy gasoline for $0.20 per gallon!
815-998-2235 or 815-458-6616


City of Pontiac Visitor Welcome Center/ P.R.O.U.D. Main Street Program
120 W. Howard Street
Pontiac, IL 61764
Make this your first stop on your visit to Pontiac, and get all the information you need for local attractions and events. Open daily, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, handicap accessible public restrooms available, and just a short walk to the Pontiac Museum Complex. Pontiac will put out the “red carpet” for you.
815-844-5847 or 815/844-6692

Humiston Woods Nature Preserve
11289 E 2100 North Rd.
Located just 5 miles north of open every day of the year. The park has 5 miles of trails through 300 acres of woods. Visitors can choose from a primitive trail or The Fox Trail for those who need sure footing and/or a hard surface for wheel chairs. The park boasts 30 types of trees, over the 15 acres of prairie, lots of wildlife, and areas for skiing in the winter.

Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum
110 W. Howard Street
Featuring Route 66 Artist and icon, Bob Waldmire’s bus and van! Step back in time and travel the “Mother Road” through displays and memorabilia. See Illinois’ largest Route 66 shield mural, artifacts of Hall of Fame Members, Route 66 State Farm Arch, flip-rack library, the Campanelli Route 66 Photo Journal collection, great photo opportunities and much more!
815-844-IL66 or 800-835-2055

The International Walldog Mural and Sign Art Museum
217 N. Mill St.
Dedicated to the preservation of the history, techniques, and stories associated with the development of outdoor wall advertising. The museum contains images, videos, artifacts, and a small library which help the visitor to understand how the early outdoor wall advertisements evolved. Included in the museum is an art gallery where the work of the modern day Walldogs are on display, and selected artworks are available for purchase.

Lincoln Statue
Livingston County Courthouse, South Lawn
Stop to take a look at this life size statue of Abraham Lincoln while you are in town. Designed by sculptor Rick Harney, it is a memorial to the numerous visits Lincoln made to Pontiac between 1840 and 1860.
815-844-5847 or 800-835-2055

Livingston County Courthouse
112 W. Madison Stree,
Located on the downtown square, this beautiful building, built in 1875, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
815-844-5847 or 800-835-2055

Livingston County War Museum
321 N. Main
This museum displays uniforms, artifacts and documents from World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The museum is staffed by veterans who are there to tell their stories, answer visitors’ questions, and honor all men and women who have served our country.

Murals on Main Street Tour
A unique collection of nineteen murals located in and around historic downtown district. These murals honor the commercial, social and political history of the city. Enjoy beautiful art in a Norman Rockwell town like setting.

Old City Hall Shoppes
321 North Main Street
housed in Pontiac’s historic Old City Hall and firehouse, the Old City Hall Shoppes present a delightfully unique shopping experience. Twenty shops under one roof, offering everything from antiques, handmade items and gifts, to home accents, souvenirs and more. There is truly something for everyone!

Pontiac Oakland Museum and Resource Center
205 North Mill St.
The history of the Oakland and Pontiac car brands as seen through 15 classic cars, dealer artifacts, a complete print library and memorabilia. Free admission.

Strevell-Lincoln House
401 W. Livingston St.
Built in the 1850’s, this home welcomed Abraham Lincoln in 1860. Among the many connections Pontiac has to Lincoln, one of the most interesting revolves around Lincoln’s friendship with local attorney, Jason W. Strevell. The house is currently being restored by the Livingston County Historical Society.

Three Swinging Bridges
Pontiac is the only city in Central Illinois with three swinging bridges, all which span across the Vermilion River. One of the bridges, which connects Riverview Drive and Play Park, was built in 1898 by Joliet Bridge Company. Currently a wooden structure, the bridge was built 190 feet long and 4 feet wide, supported by cables swung from masonry piers. The other two bridges are not far in location from the first, one which connects Play Park and Chautauqua Park, and the other which connects the south side and Riverside-Humiston Park.
815-844-5847 or 800-835-2055


Streator Tourism
118 Oak Street.
Situated along the Vermilion River, Streator proudly promotes itself as a “Quiet Surprise on the Prairie.” You are invited to come wander the tree lined streets where you will find the quiet, caring atmosphere of small town America. Streator is rich in history, architecture and charm, and offers many events and attractions to visitors.
815-672-2055 or 888-485-9895

Engle Lane Theatre
1012 Columbus Road
Visitors will enjoy this surprisingly well equipped community theatre that offers top quality entertainment every summer. Established in 1957, this sprawling complex, devoted exclusively to live theater, sits amid beautiful gardens. Six shows are produced each season, which runs from early May through late August.

Hopalong Cassidy River Trail
Route 18
Follow this trail through an urban forest of mulberry, hackberry, oak, and maple as it winds along the banks of the Vermilion River, passing Cassidy creator, Clarence Mulford’s boyhood home. Enjoy fishing, hiking, or canoeing from the convenient, downtown canoe landing, which provides a great launch site for adventurers.

Veteran’s Plaza
Corner of Hickory and Vermilion
Visitors can come to this site and view monuments and plaques honoring servicemen in the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WW I, WW II, Korean War and Vietnam Conflict.

Weber House and Garden
1503 N. Baker Street
The Weber House is a storybook Tudor cottage, which sits in an English garden of meandering paths, roses, hollyhocks and old oaks. Inside, cozy candlelit rooms reflect the 18th century. The history of Weber House is interlaced with the rich and famous. It has received visits from an Academy Award winning actress, television stars, presidents, and more, not to mention a major gossip columnist who wrote about them all!

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