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.

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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VAL BROMANN

Founder & Head Road Tripper

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited hundreds roadside attractions across the United States and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!