I thought this was somewhat fitting in honor of Thanksgiving.

Out in the middle of nowhere Illinois, along old Route 66, there are a set of turkey tracks in the roadbed. Sometime between 1926-1930 when that section of the road was being built, a turkey had wandered out of the nearby field and did a little dance in the drying concrete. No one knows for sure if it had escaped a nearby farm or if it was wild, but since there were very few wild turkeys in IL at that time, it's suspected that it was an escapee.

Decades ago, the turkey tracks were used by the county to attract car clubs traveling Route 66. It's said they were well known by car clubs throughout the country (maybe still today) and nearby residents have spoken with visitors from all over the world traveling the Mother Road and looking for the tracks. Paul McCartney had even driven down 66 here, but it is unknown if he stopped to look at the turkey tracks. At some point, to draw more attention to the spot, they installed the sign, painted a box around the tracks, and had an artist from Chicago draw Route 66 shields next to the tracks (she had done it freehand). You'll see in one of the pictures the paint has long since faded and has pretty much been forgotten. But I've heard it's still a popular stop for motorcyclists in the area who are traveling Route 66.

We found the spot by accident while out on a Geocaching roadtrip a few years ago. Here's a couple of the pictures I took.


So why did the turkey cross the road?

He didn't. Apparently he didn't like the feeling of wet concrete between his toes.