Girard, IL Landmarks
Doc’s Soda Fountain
Opening in the former Deck’s Drug Store building, local business owners Bob and Renae Ernst, have once again opened the doors on the town’s old-fashioned soda fountain, which has been a Route 66 favorite for years. The Ernsts, who own the nearby Furniture Doctor and Renae’s Window Fashions and Upholstery, also serve light lunches and sell upscale furniture and gifts. Former owners, Bill and Bob Deck, have also contributed to Doc’s by moving their extensive pharmacy museum into the store. Visit Doc’s at 133 S. 2nd Street Girard, IL and a variety of antique shops and other stores around this lovely town square. For more information call 217-627-3491 or visit www.furnituredoctoronline.com. Hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat.
Illinois Terminal System Rail Road Depot
The former Illinois Terminal System (I.T.S.) Rail Road Depot, located at 202 N. First Street in Girard, is now the home of Jim and Joyce Matuska. The Matuskas have restored and preserved the historic depot.
Grand Army of the Republic Soldiers Monument
The Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Soldiers monument honors Union soldiers from the Civil War. The monument and the three flags surrounding it are lighted at night offering a scene worth remembering. The monument is in the Girard City Cemetery, located on the west edge of Girard on West Center Street.
1927 Arch at Girard Public Schools
Students are welcomed onto the Girard Public Schools campus by an arch constructed by the Class of 1927. As it was when IL Route 4 was Route 66, the arch is visible from Route 4.
Oak Leaf Country Club Marker
The Oak Leaf Country Club Golf Course was among the first in the area, and is still in operation and open to the public. The monument states that Oak Leaf was established in 1924. Directional signs to Oak Leaf are posted along IL Route 4, which runs through Girard.