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Divernon is a village on Route 66. See the original "Old" 1930s US 66 Roadbed, and Herman's Garage

Divernon Illinois

1926 US 66 in Illinois

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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

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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>> Check out the RV campground nearby, in Lichtfield and Raymond

Divernon's weather

weather in Divernon, Il
Divernon map on US Highway 66
Here is Divernon, on U.S. Hwy 66 in Illinois

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)

Tornado risk

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.

Google Maps. Terms. Nicolas Mollet, CC BY SA 3.0 License

Route 66 in Illinois: Historic Route 66 in Divernon

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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:

Herman's 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

Herman’s Garage in Divernon Route 66
Herman’s Garage in Divernon, Illinois. Click to enlarge image

Historic Route 66 in Divernon

From Glenarm to Divernon

Historic Route 66 sign in Divernon US66

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.

Old Roadbed

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

1930 Roadbed in Divernon Route 66
1930 Roadbed in Divernon, Illinois. Click to enlarge image

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

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)

Sources

Banner image: Dead Man's Curve, Laguna New Mexico by Perla Eichenblat.