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Route 66 headlines annual National Trust list of America’s most endangered historic places

CHICAGO — A prison, a castle and a café are tied to one of the country’s most endangered historic places — U.S. Route 66, which begins in Chicago — according to a report out Tuesday from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The 31st annual list of 11 historic sites facing an uncertain future includes Route 66 and by extension the bridges, businesses and neon signs Americans have long come to associate with its ultimate, romanticized symbol of the open road. In Illinois that includes Chicago’s Castle Car Wash, the now-vacant Joliet Correctional Center and Fairmont’s Nite Spot Café, said Amy Webb, senior field director for the private preservation group’s Denver office.


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