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Dead Man's Curve

See the westbound or the eastbound Route 66 descriptions.

Built inPrior to 1926
Bypassed inPrior to 1946
StatusOpen
Visitors welcomePublic road
GPS40.567281,-88.902236
LocationTowanda
CountyMcLean
StateIllinois

A dangerous curve on Route 66 that got a nickname that suck. The main problem was inappropriate speed of drivers that misjudged the sharpness of the curve and the limited width (18 feet) for 2-way traffic.

The sign on the walking trail has a more elaborate explanation.

Route 66: Return to the Road with Martin Milner

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Father of Route 66: The Story of Cy Avery

Susan Croce Kelly

$20.70

Route 66 Dining & Lodging Guide - 16th Edition

National Historic Route 66 Federation

$17.95

The Broken Road

Richard Paul Evans

$13.59