“a landmark statue on Route 66”
The Gemini Giant is a landmark statue on U.S. Route 66 at the Eastern entrance to Wilmington, Will County, Illinois. Standing outside the Launching Pad Drive-In restaurant, the 30 foot tall statue is one of many giant "Muffler Man" advertising props found throughout the USA in the Sixties. The Gemini Giant is named after the Gemini space program and holds a silver "rocket ship" in his hands, while sporting an astronaut's space helmet that looks more like a welding mask.
Too bad the Launching Pad is closed, but the Gemini Giant still stands tall over the place. He's in great shape and is one of the more unique giants that dot Route 66. You can't do RT66 and not get a picture here!
This was so absolutely cool and worth the 10-miles-off-my-path to see this gem. I love stuff like this and I was so totally excited when I turned the corner and saw him. The restaurant, Launching Pad, is closed, though which is a shame. It still has Route 66 memorabilia you can see through the windows. I'm so happy I made the trip. Very worthwhile for me!
Pretty much what you expect. Some cool Americana :)
A little out of our way but a cute photo op. Passed the Route 66 Blues Brothers gas station which was a surprise.
Fun to see. Restaurant closed, for sale
Gemini Giant still stands! The Launching Pad is still closed for business but access to the giant is still available. Shocking to see cooking equipment, tables, chairs and memorabilia still inside the restaurant. Almost that they closed one night anticipating opening the next morning and never did after many years.
Still there! Cool photo stop. Head a little east for a nice Route 66 mural on the west side of Nelsons Furniture.
Cool piece of history
Cool piece of history
Just do it! It's not far from the highway, plenty of room for RVs or trailers to park and turn around to get back to the highway
This might be your last chance! Just like the restaurant that sits on the same corner, the Gemini Giant will one day be just a forgotten icon. I stood between his legs...the photo was a big hit on FB!
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