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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.

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