The National Road Association of Illinois has announced the completion of our informational kiosk project.
This project officially started in 2002 and 11 years later, informational kiosks have been installed along the road. Trish Vitale with Francis Associates led this project for the board; Joe Richardson researched and gathered information and photographs for the kiosks. Split Rock Studios created the panels as we organized the best way to distribute these kiosks along the road in Illinois.
Informational kiosks were designed for placement at key locations along the National Road during the summer of 2015. The kiosks are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will reach byway travelers even during off-hours when visitor centers in the gateway communities are closed. It will help guide visitors to worthwhile experiences along the road.
The National Road passes through numerous small towns, historic sites, and well-known attractions. The National Road Board created the kiosk project as a way for travelers to truly experience the road. The purpose of the project was to tie all of the communities of the road together and to make them a destination. Mary Truitt, past board President, said, “We are bringing more people into these communities and raising awareness about the road. The National Road was the road that built the nation. This is a true tribute to the road and our history, specifically in Illinois”
The National Road Association of Illinois worked tirelessly with communities to organize the best place for each kiosk. You can find the kiosks in the following communities: Marshall, Martinsville, Casey, Greenup, Montrose, Teutopolis, Effingham, Altamont, St. Elmo, Brownstown, Vandalia, Mulberry Grove, Smithboro, Greenville, Pocahontas, Highland, St. Jacob, Troy, Collinsville, Fairmont City and Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. The National Road Association of Illinois is currently working on a schedule for official “dedication ceremonies” in each community.
For more information on the National Road Association of Illinois, or to become a member, visit www.nationalroad.org or call 888-268-0042. You can also “like” them on Facebook at National Road Association of Illinois for up-to-date information on the road.