Tom Teague

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General Information

Name: Tom Teague

Pen Name: None

Born: September 11, 1943 in Kansas City, Missouri

Died: September 11, 2004 in Springfield, Illinois

Illinois Connection

Teague attended Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois and received a master's degree in public affairs reporting from Sangamon State University in Springfield, Illinois. After receiving his master's, he continued to live in Springfield until his death.

Biographical and Professional Information

Teague was a noted author and expert historian and advocate for Route 66. Teague was the founder and first president of Route 66 Association of Illinois and he created the Route 66 Hall of Fame at the Dixie Trucker's Home in McLean, Illinois in the interstate prairie south of Bloomington, Illinois. He led the drive to have 500 Route 66 signs posted in Illinois making it easier to chart old Route 66.

Teague was also the founder of the Soulsby Station Society. The Soulsby Station in Mt. Olive, Illinois was originally built as a Shell Station in 1926 by Henry Soulsby. The building ranks as one of the oldest filling stations still standing on Route 66. Teague provided the preservation effort that saved this treasure and helped it achieve National Register status.

Teague also founded the Illinois Central Blues Club. During the day, Tom was the Executive Director of the Illinois State Historical Society.

May the road rise up to meet you and its number be 66! - Quote from Tom Teague.

Published Works

  • Route 66: Illinois off the interstate-- a journey through the passed, Reader Publishing, 1985
  • Searching For 66, Samizdot House, 1966
  • In The Past Year', Lincoln Library, 1999

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

In the past year (Friends of Lincoln Library Non-fiction Writer of the Year Award)

ASIN: B0006S5L3W
Release Date: 1999

Literary Awards

John Steinbeck Award 1998

Friends of Lincoln Library Non-fiction Writer of the Year Award for Route 66: Illinois off the Interstate and for In the Past Year.

External Links

Tom Teague on WorldCat

Tom Teague on Amazon


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