Great River Road, 2016

Cheryl Eichar Jett

Cheryl Eichar Jett is the author of six books and many articles about Route 66, and is a regular contributor to several regional publications. A book and a one-act play about women's contributions to historic Route 66 are two of her current projects. She blogs about her travels and research at She has written a monthly column about Montgomery-Macoupin-Madison County Route 66 for the Prairie Land Buzz for six years; recent issues can be accessed at Cheryl is also an award-winning writer of short fiction. Cheryl holds undergraduate and master's degrees in history from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She currently serves on the board of directors of Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway, on the advisory council of the Center for Spirituality and Sustainability at SIUE, and as President of the (Illinois Route 66) Blue Carpet Corridor Coalition. In 2000, she was one of the founding board members of the Illinois Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association. In 2015, she established the annual Miles of Possibility Route 66 Conference in Edwardsville, which travels to a different Illinois Route 66 city each year in October.

Articles by Cheryl Eichar Jett:

Route 66 in Madison County

April 9, 2018