Route 66 Postcard Mural

Hamel, Illinois

IllinoisRoadside Attraction

In preparation for the 2026 Route 66 Centennial, many cities across the Mother Road have had initiatives to add new attractions that celebrate their place on the Main Street of America. One such project is the Route 66 Postcard Trail where you’ll find this Route 66 Postcard Mural in Hamel, Illinois.

The Americana-themed murals feature pictorial highlights and historical quips in red, white, blue, and gold. Each is reminiscent of the type of imagery you would find on a postcard.

Hamel’s postcard mural can be found on the backside of Route 66 Creamery, across from the  Six on 66 Monument. Some of the images on the mural include:

  • A cross representing the 1931 Saint Paul Lutheran Church (also known as the ‘Church of the Neon Cross’)
  • Hamel’s water tower
  • A bicycle representing the Madison County Bike Trail
  • A 1950s car
  • The 1820-1852 Hamel School Log Cabin
  • A diner hamburger and ice cream sundae, representing local restaurants like Wheezy’s Grill (formerly Hamel ‘Tourist’ Haven) and Route 66 Creamery
  • An outline of Illinois with a star marking the town’s location

Find more of these murals across the “last 100 miles” or Route 66 in Illinois. Other postcard murals can be found in Virden, Girard, Farmersville, Carlinville, Litchfield, Gillespie, Mount Olive, Staunton, Livingston, Edwardsville, Collinsville, and Granite City.

 

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Route 66 Postcard Mural in Hamel, Illinois

Route 66 Postcard Mural

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Address:
11 S Old Rte 66, Hamel, IL 62046

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Visible 24/7

Cost:
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Route 66 Postcard Mural in Hamel, Illinois
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Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to the Route 66 Postcard Mural in Hamel, Illinois, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Located next to a small parking area for easy access.
  • This is one of eight similar photo ops in Southwest Illinois. All of the sculptures on the Route 66 Monument Trail can be found in:
    • Virden: 123 N Springfield St, Virden, IL 62690
    • Girard: 133 S 2nd St, Girard, IL 62640
    • Farmersville: 516 Elevator St, Farmersville, IL 62533
    • Carlinville: 131 N Broad St, Carlinville, IL 62626
    • Litchfield: 718 Old Rte 66 N, Litchfield, IL 62056
    • Gillespie: 225 S Macoupin St, Gillespie, IL 62033
    • Mount Olive: 502 E Old Rte 66 N, Mt Olive, IL 62069
    • Staunton: 8767 State Rte 4, Staunton, IL 62088
    • Livingston: 908 Veterans Memorial Dr, Livingston, IL 62058
    • Edwardsville: 100 E Vandalia St, Edwardsville, IL 62025
    • Collinsville: 225 W Main St, Collinsville, IL 62234
    • Granite City: 1204 Niedringhaus Ave, Granite City, IL 62040

Where to Stay Near the Hamel Route 66 Postcard Mural

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest with a stay at one of these nearby Route 66 motels.

Country Inn Cafe & Motel

Get a good night’s rest and a hearty breakfast at the Country Inn Café & Motel. The family-friendly accommodation offers free parking and a complimentary breakfast at the on-site cafe.

St. Louis Union Station Hotel

An icon since 1894, the St. Louis Union Station is a vintage gem wrapped in elegant archways and décor. Admire the famous Grand Hall, experience all the on-site attractions, enjoy 3D light shows and a 100-foot waterfall, and access the fitness center and seasonal outdoor pool. All just a mile from downtown St. Louis.

Magnolia Hotel St. Louis

Listed on the National Historic Register, Magnolia St. Louis was originally built in 1924 as the Mayfair Hotel by Charles Heiss, with a hospitality and sophistication in mind. This hotel is known as the birthplace of “chocolates on a pillow,” a tradition influenced by actor Cary Grant’s tryst within his suite.

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