My name is Michael A. Campanelli and I welcome you to my web page. Born in
Detroit, Michigan during the fifties, I am now making my home in Eagle Point,
Oregon with my wife Sue and Jeff the youngest of our three children.
Never one to miss an opportunity for another road adventure, a somewhat valid
reason for such a trip came along in February, 2002. The basketball team our older
son played on the year before was headed to the Detroit area for a National Tournament.
Being the fan that I am of Northwest Christian College, a road trip was forthcoming.
Pondering a west coast to the Great Lakes journey, I decided to take the “Highway
That’s the Best” - Route 66.
I picked up Route 66 on the shores of the
Pacific Ocean and left it eight days later at the shores of Lake Michigan. For
eight days I traveled every mile of the highway I could find. Along the way I
took the time to take 1,100 photographs using a 35 mm Pentax Camera and a single
In the spring of 2006 I took 166 of the 1,100 photos in my collection, enlarged them to 20' x 30' and assembled the, "Route 66 - A Photo Journal" traveling exhibit along with the camp66.com web site.
The next two years saw, "Route 66 - A Photo Journal" travel many miles along Route 66. The original plan was to move the exhibit from town to town in an orderly manner west to east. The first three stops after
"Hot August Nights" in Reno, Nevada were Winslow, Arizona; Tucumcari,
New Mexico then back west to Kingman, Arizona. Not quite what I had in mind. After
a three month stay in Kingman the display went to Clinton, Oklahoma for four days
during the official Route 66 Festival in June 2007. After the festival part of
the exhibit was left in Clinton at the Frisco Conference Center and parts were
left in Shamrock, Texas at the U-Drop Inn and in Santa Rosa, New Mexico at Bozo's
There was still one more move in 2007 to be made. In August everything
was gathered and taken to Holbrook, Arizona to be displayed at the Navajo County
Courthouse and Museum. By now I was beginning to realize this process of moving
this exhibit was taking up a lot of my time and a more permanent location was
With the help of Jim Conkle a much more than a permanent location
was discovered. Within days of a Conkle e-mail and through the efforts of Patti
Ambrose, executive director Illinois Route 66 Heritage Project (www.illinoisroute66.org),
Ellie Alexander, Pontiac Tourism (www.pontiac.org) and the entire staff of the City of Pontiac, the Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum in Pontiac, Illinois now
holds "Route 66 - A Photo Journal" on the 2nd and 3rd floors next to
the Livingston County War Museum. The building was built in 1900 and was the old
City Hall and Firehouse. It is listed on the register of historic places. It seems
like a perfect fit. I am also featured on the Illinois Red Carpet Corridor Community web site.
With all the spare time now, my wife Sue and I put together our first book entitled, "Route 66 - A Photo Journal". The book contains the same photographs from the exhibit. To view the photographs of the exhibit go to my Photo Gallery and click on Rt. 66: A Photo Journal.
Wishing everyone safe travels, possibly meeting along the road.
Michael A. Campanelli