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Edging closer to the Mississippi River and the St. Louis, we find ourselves taking Route 66 right into Carlinville.

This western Illinois city is home to Blackburn College and Prairie Farms Dairy cooperative, plus Route site like the Log Cabin Stagecoach Stop, the Rt. 66 Experience Hub, Reno's Rt. 66 Room & Murals, Rt. 66 Wayside Exhibit, and the mysterious Selz Royal Blue Shoes "ghost sign."

A major Carlinville landmark is the cedar gazebo found in the Carlinville Town Square. Check out other Carlinville spots like the 1896 "Cannonball" County Jail, the Anderson Mansion, and the beautiful Macoupin County Courthouse.

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A festive town, Carlinville also features a busy event calendar. See if you're in town for the spring or fall festival, the Macoupin County Fair, Fourth of July at the Macoupin County Fairgrounds, and the Carlinville Christmas Market.

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