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Historic Route 66 Aerial Photos -- Sangamon County

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 Sangamon County between 1938-1939, as well as the 1926-1930 alignment, are listed below. The list consists of the Flight Line (FL) and exposure (e.g., BHD 4-73) numbers necessary to identify photographs in the county indexes on the ILHAP website.

Historic Route 66 Aerial Photos -- Sangamon County 1938-1939

FL = Flight Line

FL 2
FL 3
FL 4
FL 5
FL 6
BHD 4-73
BHD 2-6
BHD 5-54
BHD 2-74
BHD 2-114
BHD 4-74
BHD 2-5
BHD 5-53
BHD 2-73
BHD 5-11
BHD 4-75
BHD 2-4
BHD 5-52
BHD 2-72
BHD 5-12
BHD 5-51
BHD 5-13

FL 7
FL 8
FL 9
FL 10
FL 11
BHD 5-10
BHD 3-49
BHD 3-90
BHD 3-127
BHD 1-40
BHD 5-9
BHD 3-50
BHD 3-89
BHD 3-128
BHD 1-39
BHD 5-8
BHD 3-51
BHD 3-88
BHD 3-129
BHD 1-38
BHD 5-7
BHD 3-52
BHD 3-87
BHD 3-130
BHD 1-37
BHD 3-53
BHD 3-86
BHD 3-131
BHD 1-36
BHD 3-132
BHD 1-35
BHD 3-133

FL 12
FL 13
FL 14
FL 15
BHD 1-72
BHD 1-104
BHD 1-134
BHD 1-152
BHD 1-73
BHD 1-103
BHD 1-135
BHD 1-151
BHD 1-74
BHD 1-101
BHD 1-136
BHD 1-150
BHD 1-75
BHD 1-100
BHD 1-137
BHD 1-99
BHD 1-98

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

FL = Flight Line

FL 14
FL 15
FL 16
FL 17
BHD 1-129
BHD 1-158
BHD 4-19
BHD 4-38
BHD 1-130
BHD 1-157
BHD 4-20
BHD 4-37
BHD 1-131
BHD 1-156
BHD 4-36
BHD 1-132
BHD 1-155