Our Lady of the Highway Shrine on Route 66 in Raymond, Illinois

While most of the roadside attractions that we visit are extra big or extra weird, not all roadside attractions fit into that mold. Take this for example: the Our Lady of the Highway shrine on Route 66 in Raymond, Illinois.

Our Lady of the Highway Shrine on Route 66 in Raymond, Illinois

The Our Lady of the Highway shrine consists of an intricate 12-foot tall Carrara marble statue of the Virgin Mary (Our Lady of Lourdes) resting on top of a stone slab and encased in a wooden structure. On the base a plaque reads, “Mary, Loving Mother of Jesus, protect us on the highway.” The religious sculpture serves as an icon that watches over travelers, provides guidance, and protects those traveling on the Mother Road.

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The shrine was built in 1958 and dedicated in 1959. The Litchfield Deanery’s Catholic Youth Council raised the $900 necessary to obtain the statue. It was installed on the property of Francis Marten who maintained the attraction until she died in 2002. Her family now maintains the shrine.

Our Lady of the Highway Shrine on Route 66 in Raymond, Illinois

An official Route 66 Roadside Attraction sign on site states:

Even though it was wonderful to have a paved, hard road to travel on, many motor accidents did occur on Route 66. In 1959, this shrine was erected to remind motorists of the potential dangers and offered a place to say a prayer for a safe journey. This site is lovingly maintained by the Maten Family.

On your Route 66 road trip through Illinois be sure to pull over to see the Our Lady of the Highway Shrine, say a little prayer, and have a safe journey ahead.

Our Lady of the Highway Shrine on Route 66 in Raymond, Illinois
Our Lady of the Highway Shrine on Route 66 in Raymond, Illinois
Our Lady of the Highway Shrine on Route 66 in Raymond, Illinois
Our Lady of the Highway Shrine on Route 66 in Raymond, Illinois
Our Lady of the Highway Shrine on Route 66 in Raymond, Illinois
Our Lady of the Highway Shrine on Route 66 in Raymond, Illinois

While traveling the mother road, look for these other Illinois Route 66 attractions: Soulsby Service Station, the Standard Oil Filling Station, Sprague’s Super Service Station, and Ambler’s Texaco Gas Station.

Our Lady of the Highway Shrine

Address: 22353 W Frontage Rd, Raymond, IL 62560
Cost: Free to See
Hours: Always visible, but on private property so be mindful

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Valerie Bromann is a a website manager, content creator, and writer from Chicago, Illinois (currently living in Dallas, Texas). As an avid road tripper who has visited hundreds of roadside attractions, Val always pull over for a world’s largest thing. Founder of Silly America and author of The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book, she visits, photographs, and writes about all the weird tourist destinations she visits and offers road trip planning advice and inspiration based on her own travels so you can hit the road for yourself.

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The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book

Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip!

BY Valerie Bromann

Enjoy fun games and challenges to pass the time on your next road trip and have a keepsake to look back on for years to come with this entertaining must-have for your next vacation.

The road trip you’ve been dreaming of starts here! Journal about your stops and get to know your fellow passengers with activities and exercises designed to pass the time and bring you closer together. Instead of “Are we there yet?” you’ll find yourself asking, “We’re there already?”. Complete with prompts you can turn to while driving between locations, this journal will one day be a memento of your life-changing trip.