Mother Jones and More

Illinois and Route 66. The large image is from the cemetery in Mount Olive, Ill. where ‘Mother Jones’ is buried. She was instrumental in fighting for Miners rights, amongst others. I believe the contemporary magazine bearing her name is in memory/honor of her.

The other statue/shrine is of Mother Mary. The plaque and stand are so worn that, even when I zoomed in to try to read the inscription, it was very unclear. Basically it is there for those travelers on Route 66 wishing to ask for protection. This section of Route 66 is rough, but passable for about 40 miles and runs adjacent to the modern highway.

It was a very hot and humid day.So much so I thought my camera was going to start sweating! The cemetery is kind of difficult to find. Mount Olive has one ‘Main street’ and the cemetery is located a mile or so from town, in what looks like endless corn growing country. There was some other Route 66 highlight in Mount Olive that we looked for and couldn’t find. Mount Olive is one of those towns that seems to be barely hanging on, caught in the past; it stretches the definition of ‘town’ to some extent. I think I have a couple of photos of Mount Olive I will try to find and post.

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked in Seattle!