All about Divernon, Illinois
Trivia, Useful Information & Facts
Elevation: 612 ft (187 m). Population 1,172 (2010).
Time zone: Central (CST): UTC minus 6 hours. Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5).
Divernon is a village in Sangamon County, Illinois, located next to Route 66. (Map of Divernon).
History of Divernon
This region was peopled about 12,000 years ago when the last Ice Age ended. When French explorers reached the area in the mid 1600s they encontered Illinois indians living in the area.
American and Europeans settled here in the early 1800s.
Sangamon County was created in 1821 and was named after the Sangamon River, which runs through it. The name Sangamon may be an Indian word of Pottawatomie origin (Sain-guee-mon = "where there is plenty to eat") or name given by the French explorers (St. Gamo, a French saint).
The first post office opened in 1887, the same year the village was founded. It was named by the town's founder, H.C. Barnes.
The name Divernon comes from "Diana Vernon" or "Die Vernon", a character from the novel written by Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), "Rob Roy". In this novel, published in 1817, the narrator, Frank Osbaldistone who is living at his uncle's Sir Hildebrand Osbaldistone, falls in love with Hildebrand's niece, Diana Vernon. After many adventures, Frank inherits Sir Hildebrand's property and marries Diana.
Abraham Lincoln represented Sangamon County in the Illinois state Legislature.
Route 66 has run past Divernon since 1930.
Divernon, its Hotels and Motels
Lodging & accommodation in Divernon
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Summers in Divernon tend to be warm and wet. And its winters are short and freezing and also windy.
The average summer (Jul) high is 86°F (30°C), and its low is 68°F (20°C). The January (winter) average low is 21°F (-6°C) and the average high is 35°F (1.7°C).
Snow falls for around 4.3 months, and Divernon's average snowfall is 22 inches (56 cm) per year. The yearly rainfall is 37.5 in.(952 mm)
Sangamon county, where Divernon is located gets hit by around 7 tornados each year.
Tornado Risk: read about the Tornado Risk on US 66.
Map of Route 66 through Divernon, Illinois
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This is the color key for Divernon:
Pale Blue: Historic Route 66 alignment (1940-77)
Red line or gaps in alignment, is I-55, where it overlaps the old alignment
Orange is the original 1926-1930 alignment to the west, through Staunton
Blue is the 1930-1940 alignment
Black: missing segments.
The approaches into St. Louis Missouri, have their own color coding, check cities in that area for more details.
Route 66 in Illinois: Historic Route 66 in Divernon
Route 66 across Illinois
Read this detailed description of Route 66 in Illinois.
Below we provide More information on US 66 in the neighborhood of Divernon where it is a Historic Site.
Divernon: classic US 66 Sights
Landmarks and Attractions
Getting to Divernon
Reach Divernon driving along Historic U.S. 66 or take the freeway, I-55 an use Exit 72.
The Town in 1946...
Jack D. Rittenhouse describes Divernon in his 1946 Guidebook of Route 66 as follows: at the spot known as Sundown Corner was a "junction with a road to Divernon, a half-mile west. Gas station at intersection.... a small quiet town. Garage here.". Two miles north of the town at the junction with state highway 104 were "Gas stations and cafe", all of them have gone, replaced by modern buildings.
Drive into town to see an old garage:
318 S State St, Divernon
The garage has been in opration since 1961, locatd in the town proper and not on the highway, it is a small shop that served drivers with minor reparis and light mechanics.
Herman’s Garage in Divernon, Illinois
Historic Route 66 in Divernon
From Glenarm to Divernon
Historic Route 66 sign, Divernon, Il. Click for street view
North of Divernon, at the hamlet of Glenarm the 1930-35 alignment of Route 66 meets the later (1935-77 alignment). Both came from Springfield, but adopted different courses.
Douglas St. in Glenarm turns into Frazee Rd (the West Frontage Rd.) and runs south to State Highway 104.
South of Exit 82 at I-55 and IL-104, there is no Western Frontage Rd. Old US 66 is buried under the Freeway. So leave I-55 at Exit 80 and head west into Divernon.
It is a 5 mile drive from Glenarm to Divernon (map with directions).
As you drive into Divernon there are brown-colored Historic Route 66 signs, like the one shown in the image, on E. Brown St. and Reichhart Rd. at Exit 80 it shows you that you must turn left southwards.
South of town Route 66 follows the W Frontage Rd. to Farmersville.
North side of Divernon
Just 0.7 miles north of the town, next to the western side of the modern freeway is a short segment of the original 1930 alignment. It is marked in Blue in the map.
1930 Roadbed in Divernon, Illinois
It is just 0.8 miles-long. Follow this map with directions to reach it and drive it (it is not accessible from the W Frontage Road).
South of Divernon, it is a 9 mile drive to Farmerville (map with directions).
1926-1930 US 66
The first alignment of Route 66 ran between 1926 and 1930 along State Higway No. 4 west of Divernon from Springfield to Staunton.
1930-1940 US 66
The road was realigned through Divernon, further east in an attempt to shorten it and make it straighter. It is marked in Blue in the map.
1940-1977 US 66
USGS map 1958 of Divernon showing the 4-Lane Route 66 & I-55
The wear and tear caused by wartime heavy traffic damaged the pavement so the four-lane highway construction began in 1943 and was finally completed in 1955. It overlaps the previous one in many sections. The USGS map from 1958 shows how Divernon was apparently "isolated" from this "Four Lane - Dual" highway. By 1958 the four lane alignment carried I-55 and US 66.
> > See the previous segment In Glenarm (east)
> > See the next segment Farmersville to Waggoner (west)
Banner image: Dead Man's Curve, Laguna New Mexico by Perla Eichenblat.