Truckin Down 66 - Cassens Transport and Hamel

Truckin Down 66 - Cassens Transport and Hamel (HM1H1M)

Location: Hamel, IL 62046 Madison County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 53.3', W 89° 50.733'

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Tourist Haven Resaurant

It Began with Four Cars -

Cassens Transport began in 1931 when Albert and Arnold hauld four new cars from Detroit to their father George's dealership in Hamel. By 1941, Cassens had a fleet of 35 car transporters operating from its terminal next to the Tourist Haven Restaurant.

Photo Caption: A load of cars on "Old Number 1" transporter arrives in Hamel in September, 1933. Bedsheets protected the windshields from low-hanging branches.

Commercial trucking boomed on the roads in the 1920s and 30s. Trucking companies, truck stops, service garages, and a " Brotherhood of Teamsters" created a national road culture. Based originally in Hamel, Cassens Transport has hauled new automobiles to regional dealerships since 1931.

Tourist Haven Restaurant (across the street) -
George Cassens (third from left) opened the Tourist Haven Restaurant next to his terminal in 1937 to serve Route 66 travelers and Cassens drivers. His wife, Louise, managed it. It has since been sold and operated under several names, which are displayed on the interior walls of this classic Route 66 roadhouse.

Memories of a Waitress - Anna Rode worked at the Tourist Haven Restaurant soon after it opened from 1938-1940. Press to hear Anna Rode describe her experiences working at the Tourist Haven.
HM NumberHM1H1M
Series This marker is part of the U.S. Route 66 series
Placed ByIllinois Route 66 Scenic Byway
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 5:05pm PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] BEV MOREY  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 253190 N 4308234
Decimal Degrees38.88833333, -89.84555000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.3', W 89° 50.733'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 18" N, 89° 50' 43.98" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)618
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 IL-157, Hamel IL 62046, US
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