Historic Route 66 Aerial Photos -- Will 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 1939 in Will County are listed below. The list consists of the Flight Line (FL) and exposure (e.g., BXK 3-7) numbers necessary to identify photographs in the county indexes on the ILHAP website.

Historic Route 66 Aerial Photos -- Will County 1939

FL = Flight Line

FL 1 FL 2 FL 3 FL 4 FL 5
BXK 3-7 BXK 3-29 BXK 2-8 BXK 3-69 BXK 3-108
BXK 3-6 BXK 3-30 BXK 2-9 BXK 3-70 BXK 3-107
BXK 3-5 BXK 3-31 BXK 2-10 BXK 3-71 BXK 3-106
BXK 3-4 BXK 3-32 BXK 2-11 BXK 3-72
BXK 3-33 BXK 3-46 BXK 3-73
BXK 3-34 BXK 3-45 BXK 3-74
BXK 3-35 BXK 3-44 BXK 3-76
BXK 3-43 BXK 3-77
BXK 3-42

FL 6 FL 7 FL 8 FL 9 FL 10
BXK 3-117 BXK 2-52 BXK 2-123 BXK 2-132 BXK 2-75
BXK 3-118 BXK 2-51 BXK 2-122 BXK 2-133 BXK 2-76
BXK 2-195 BXK 2-46 BXK 2-117 BXK 2-134 BXK 2-77
BXK 2-194 BXK 2-45 BXK 2-116 BXK 2-139 BXK 2-83
BXK 2-193 BXK 2-44 BXK 2-115 BXK 2-140 BXK 2-84

FL 11 FL 12 FL 13 FL 14 FL 15
BXK 3-161 BXK 2-66 BXK 1-46 BXK 1-36 BXK 1-173
BXK 3-160 BXK 2-65 BXK 1-47 BXK 1-35 BXK 1-172
BXK 3-159 BXK 2-64 BXK 1-48 BXK 1-34 BXK 1-171
BXK 1-120 BXK 2-62 BXK 1-50 BXK 1-32 BXK 1-170
BXK 1-119 BXK 2-61 BXK 1-51 BXK 1-31 BXK 1-169
BXK 1-118 BXK 2-60 BXK 1-52 BXK 1-30
BXK 1-117 BXK 2-59

FL 16 FL 17 FL 18
BXK 4-103 BXK 3-62 BXK 1-19
BXK 4-102 BXK 3-61 BXK 1-18
BXK 4-101 BXK 3-60
BXK 4-100 BXK 3-59