Litchfield (Ill.) | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Name: Litchfield (Ill.)
Historical Note: Litchfield is a city in Montgomery County, Illinois, United States. The population was 6,815 at the 2000 census. Litchfield was named after one of its founders, Electus Bacchus Litchfield. One of the attractions in Litchfield is the Ariston Cafe, one of the oldest restaurants along the historic U.S. Route 66, commonly known as Old Route 66. The Ariston CafÃ© was founded in 1924 in the town of Carlinville, Illinois, but was later moved to its present location. The cafe was inducted into the Route 66 Hall of Fame in 1992. Another landmark is Litchfield's Lake Lou Yaeger, located northeast of town.