Pig Hip Sign & Restaurant Memorial in Broadwell, Illinois

Ernie Edwards ran the Pig Hip restaurant in Broadwell, Illinois, a popular Route 66 stop, from 1937 to 1991. The shop was known for pig hip sandwiches topped with a special sauce and made from fresh ham claimed to come only from the left hip of the pig.

Pig Hip Sign & Restaurant Memorial in Broadwell, Illinois Route 66

After the restaurant closed in 1991 Edwards turned it into a museum that celebrated its past. Unfortunately, on March 5, 2007, a fire destroyed the property and it was never rebuilt.

At the site of the former restaurant you can find a stone marker that tells the story of the restaurant and a restored Pig Hip sign. The original sign blew down in a storm and it has since been restored, rebuilt, and restructured to both stay true to the original and withstand the weather.

The remaining artifacts from the Pig Hip that survived the fire are now located at The Mill Museum on 66 in nearby Lincoln. Illinois

Pig Hip Sign & Restaurant Memorial in Broadwell, Illinois Route 66
Pig Hip Sign & Restaurant Memorial in Broadwell, Illinois Route 66

Looking for more Illinois Route 66 attractions? Be sure to visit the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum, Route 66 Park, the Greetings from Litchfield, Illinois Mural, and the Our Lady of the Highway Shrine.

Pig Hip Sign & Restaurant Memorial

Address: 100-198 N Frontage Rd, Broadwell, IL 62634
Cost: Free to See
Hours: Always Visible

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!