Odell Subway Tunnel

Corner of Hamilton St & West St (Old Route 66)

subway_tunnel
Across from St. Paul’s Church is an entrance to a 1937 pedestrian tunnel under Route 66, known locally as the “subway”.  The entrance was sealed in the 1950s.  The first 3 steps and the railing were replaced in the spring of 2006 by the Route 66 Association of Illinois.  The fact that this tunnel was a necessity to safely cross Route 66 is a surprise to anyone standing on the quiet corner today.  It is a dramatic reminder of the importance of Route 66 as a national travel corridor.

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