Pig-Hip Sign.

Pig Hip Restaurant Memorial Rock

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Broadwell, Illinois

Ernie Edwards, "The Old Coot on Route 66," served thousands of his "Pig Hip" pork sandwiches from his restaurant before he closed the place and retired in 1990. But he and the Pig Hip didn't go away. Ernie turned the Pig Hip into a museum about the Pig Hip (and Route 66), and ran it for another 17 years. It burned down in 2007, but Route 66 fans placed a rock with a plaque on the site, declaring defiantly that, "U.S. Route 66 'The Mother Road' Endures FOREVER."

Other, homemade shrines to the Pig Hip dot the site, many of them featuring a version of the Pig Hip logo: a big-bellied chef in an apron and frilly collar, holding aloft a knife and a plate with a pork sandwich.

Pig-Hip Monument.

Pig Hip Restaurant Memorial Rock

Address:
100 N., Broadwell, IL
Directions:
I-55 exit 119 (Broadwell). Turn east onto 800 Ave., then follow it as it bends right. Look for the Pig Hip sign on the right.
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