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the The Launching Pad Diner is part of Wilmington, Illinois .

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Gemini Giant Wilmington (illinois)

Gemini Giant Wilmington (illinois)
Made by Paul Heskes
The Gemini Giant at the Launching Pad drive-in in Wilmington Illinois was our first real introduction to the Kitsch along route 66. Relics of the sixties, these 25ft tall 'Muffler Men' so called because other giants across the country advertised a variety of objects from exhaust mufflers 'silencers to you and me' to axe's and hot dogs. Now, few remain, but those that do help to draw in the crowds just as this one brought us to Wilmington. To help with the scale, if the average man was to stand alongside the giant, he would be around the height of the giants knees. MUFFLER MEN

The Gemini Giant

The Gemini Giant
Made by queenodesign
At the Launching Pad Diner Best Road Trip Ever itunes.apple.com/us/app/best-road-trip-ever/id374940747?mt=8 Road Trip 66 itunes.apple.com/us/app/road-trip-66/id415478066?mt=8

Route 66 Day Four 036 Launching Pad

Route 66 Day Four 036 Launching Pad
Made by TravelShorts
We stopped for lunch at the Launching Pad in Wilmington home of the Gemini Giant, to be honest the food was not very dood and the service was non existent. Day Four of Our Route 66 Holiday. Today was the first day on the road driving Along Route 66 from Chicago to Springfield passing old Towns as we went.

10-06-01 Day 04 - Route 66

10-06-01 Day 04 - Route 66
Made by bfenwick
To read more about this adventure, please go to bethfenwick.com/route66/2010/6/1/day-04-start-of-route-66...

Launching Pad Drive-In

Launching Pad Drive-In
Made by the_mel
The Launching Pad Drive-In was founded in 1960. As you can tell by the coverted muffler man, it's an homage to the space race. Just so ya know, their milkshakes were quite delicious.

Gemini Giant

Gemini Giant
Made by ogondio
He is the famous Gemini Giant, a large fiberglass muffler man of the 1960's. It is now a route 66 roadside attraction. This muffler men once populated the streets of America

Launching Pad Drive In

Launching Pad Drive In
Made by ogondio
Outside the Launching Pad Drive In, a must stop in the route 66. You can taste great shakes there. Its in 810 E Baltimore St, Wilmington, IL

Inside the Launching Pad Drive-In

Inside the Launching Pad Drive-In
Made by ogondio
Nice stop in the route 66, the Lauching Pad Drive In. 100% American style. Vintage route 6 signs and murals inside. Try the shakes!!!

Gemini Giant Statue

Gemini Giant Statue
Made by the_mel
Apparently some kids stole the rocket a few years back and it was a big scandal.

Gemini Giant Statue

Gemini Giant Statue
Made by the_mel
Is it just me or does that look more like a welding helmet than a space helmet?

The Gemini Giant, outside the Launching Pad restaurant.

The Gemini Giant, outside the Launching Pad restaurant.
Made by Luc V. de Zeeuw
He is found right off old route 66 in Wilmington, Illinois

Gemini Giant

Gemini Giant
Made by notablazer
Ok,just set it down gently....

Route 66 (Day 1) -Chicago / Springfield / Chain Of Rocks Bridge / St Louis

Route 66 (Day 1) -Chicago / Springfield / Chain Of Rocks Bridge / St Louis
Made by Ventlindown
The Gemini Giant, Wilmington

Route 66

Route 66
Made by C Nic
Deep fried hot dog

Launching Pad Drive-In

Launching Pad Drive-In
Made by Flickr-Nickk
The Gemini Giant.



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