Historic Route 66 Aerial Photos -- Madison County Illinois State Library

The first systematic collection of photographs of the ground, taken by cameras in airplanes at a 20,000 foot altitude, was initiated by the U.S. Agricultural Adjustment Administration in New Deal efforts to precisely measure agricultural land. Today, these aerial photographs may be used to visualize any long gone feature that was on the landscape in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s. Included in the State Library's collection of aerial photography are photographs that show Route 66 as it existed in twelve Illinois counties between 1937 and 1941. Illinois Historical Aerial Photography (ILHAP) is accessible online through the Illinois Natural Resources Geospatial Data Clearinghouse.

The aerial photographs that show Route 66 as it existed in 1941 in Madison County are listed below, as well as the 1926-1930 alignment. The list consists of the Flight Line (FL) and exposure (e.g., SJ 4B-29) numbers necessary to identify photographs in the county indexes on the ILHAP website.

Historic Route 66 Aerial Photos -- Madison County 1941

FL = Flight Line

FL 1 FL 2 FL 3 FL 4
SJ 4B-29 SJ 5B-84 SJ 3B-121 SJ 3B-87
SJ 4B-28 SJ 5B-85 SJ 3B120 SJ 3B-88
SJ 3B-89
SJ 3B-90

FL 5 FL 6 FL 7 FL 8
SJ 5B-45 SJ 2B-166 SJ 2B-140 SJ 2B-105
SJ 5B-43 SJ 2B-167 SJ 2B-139 SJ 2B-104
SJ 3B-41 SJ 2B-168 SJ 2B-138 SJ 2B-103
SJ 2B-169 SJ 2B-137 SJ 2B-102

FL 9 FL 10 FL 11 FL 12
SJ 5B-35 SJ 2B-29 SJ 4B-117 SJ 4B-83
SJ 5B-33 SJ 2B-28 SJ 4B-116 SJ 4B-84
SJ 5B-32 SJ 2B-27 SJ 4B-115 SJ 4B-85
SJ 5B-31 SJ 4B-114
SJ 5B-30 SJ 4B-113
SJ 5B-29 SJ 4B-112
SJ 5B-28
SJ 5B-27
SJ 5B-26
SJ 5B-25

Historic Route 66 Aerial Photos -- Madison County 1926-1930 Alignment

FL = Flight Line

FL 1
SJ 4B-29