Historic Route 66 Aerial Photos -- Sangamon 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 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