Six on 66 Monument

Hamel, Illinois

IllinoisRoadside Attraction

As the Route 66 centennial approaches in 2026, many communities across the route are embracing the spirit of the Mother Road by restoring the old attractions and creating new ones. In Illinois, they’re going big with a new collection of giant interactive Route 66 shield monuments that make the perfect backdrop for social media posts. This Six on 66 Monument in Hamel, Illinois is just one of the selfie spots you’ll find.

Originally, six communities along the last 100 Miles of Route 66 in southwest Illinois received Six on 66 Monuments in 2022: Granite City, Collinsville, Hamel, Litchfield, Carlinville, and Edwardsville.

Each of the Six on 66 Monuments is a similar 12-foot-tall giant metal black and white Route 66 shield parked on a slight angle. The cut-out shape and hollowed out sixes allow visitors to lean on or sit inside the monument for poses perfect for Instagram images.

The original six monuments were placed as part of a $919,000 state grant designed to revitalize the Last 100 Miles of Route 66 in southwest Illinois, which was awarded to the Great Rivers and Routes Tourism Bureau. The grant was also used to create 12 postcard-style murals across Route 66, turn the West End Service Station in Edwardsville into a museum and welcome center, and update the historic Cannonball Jail.

While originally the Six on 66 program placed six of these giant 12-foot tall Route 66 shield photo ops, an additional $493,000 Route 66 Grant later allowed two more of these monuments to be placed in Gillespie and Girard.

Find this giant Route 66 Shield in Hamel, Illinois, right on the original route. It’s located across the parking lot from Route 66 Creamery and across the street from Weezy’s Grill (a restaurant that originally opened as Hamel ‘Tourist’ Haven in 1937).

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Six on 66 Monument in Hamel, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Six on 66 Monument

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11 S Old Rte 66, Hamel, IL 62046

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Six on 66 Monument in Hamel, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Six on 66 Monument in Hamel, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Six on 66 Monument in Hamel, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Six on 66 Monument in Hamel, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Six on 66 Monument in Hamel, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Six on 66 Monument in Hamel, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to the Six on 66 Monument 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:
    • Girard: 133 S 2nd St
    • Carlinville: 215 S East St
    • Gillespie: 115 Macoupin St
    • Litchfield: 1101 W Union Ave
    • Hamel: 11 S Old Rte 66
    • Edwardsville: 145 West St
    • Collinsville: E Clay St
    • Granite City: 1243 Niedringhaus Ave

Where to Stay Near the Hamel Six on 66 Monument

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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