Staunton, not just a stop sign on the mother road.
A unique town on Route 66, Staunton is a city at the crossroads of yesterday, and tomorrow. The reason is because we have 3 of the original Route 66 alignments. Originally, dating back to April 30, 1926, Route 66 was aligned along where is present day Route 4. This route existed from 1926 to 1930. In 1930 through to 1940 a drastic change came to the area. The new Route took Carlinville, Benld, Gillespie, Girard and Virden off the route and highlighted the Mt. Olive and Litchfield markets. The curve came back through by the Duda Hotel and Tavern (now known as Decamp Junction). The road curved East at that point and made its way East of Staunton and through Mt. Olive up to Litchfield. As time progressed, 1940 - mid 1950’s, it became a two lane road. Then after the mid 1950’s, the four lane road came in until 1977.
Staunton’s rich heritage as a waypoint on route 66 is sharply contrasted by its commitment to teaching and mentoring the future of today’s youth thru positively influence. Organizations like the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America Future Farmers of America, The Lions, The Mason’s The Shriner’s, Parent Teacher Organizations at all three of the local schools thriving in Staunton.
Our location off exit 41 of Interstate 55 puts Staunton within easy commuting distance to higher learning centers, events and businesses as far South as St. Louis, MO and as far North as Springfield, IL, and points in between!