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October 24, 2014, 5:21 am
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Rt. 66 Icon Passes

A local Route 66 icon’s travels are complete. Ernie Edwards, the founder of the iconic Pig Hip in Broadwell, known for its pig hip sandwich, died Wednesday in Lincoln. He was 94.


He moved to Lincoln in his teens and entered the restaurant business at the age of 24. The Pig Hip Restaurant Museum was a popular stop for Mother Road enthusiasts until it succumbed to a 2007 fire.


He is a member of the Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame. Tourists from around the world sought him out during their Route 66 adventures.


Logan County tourism officials are working to restore the pig hip sign as part of a memorial to Edwards.

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