Illinois Route 96

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Illinois Route 96 marker

Illinois Route 96
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length: 141.16 mi[2] (227.17 km)
Existed: 1924[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: IL 100 in Kampsville
  US 54 in Rockport
I-72 / US 36 in Kinderhook

I-172 / IL 110 (CKC) in Quincy
US 24 in Quincy
US 136 in Hamilton
North end: IL 94 in Lomax
Counties: Calhoun, Adams, Pike, Hancock, Henderson
Highway system
IL 95 IL 97

Illinois Route 96 is a north–south state road in far western Illinois. It runs from Illinois Route 100 in Kampsville, not far from a ferry crossing across the Illinois River, to Illinois Route 94 north of Terre Haute. This is a distance of 141.16 miles (227.17 km).[2]

Route description[edit]

IL 96 in Lomax

Illinois 96 follows most of the Great River Road in Illinois. From Kampsville, it runs west to the Mississippi River and then turns north, passing U.S. Route 54 at a rural intersection and Interstate 72 at an old terminus near Kinderhook. It overlaps Illinois Route 106 west of Kinderhook and then runs parallel to Illinois Route 57 into Quincy. Within Quincy it follows 36th Street, State Street and 24th Street before overlapping briefly with U.S. Route 24. It also overlaps U.S. Route 136 in Hamilton, IL (across from Keokuk, Iowa) and Illinois Route 9 from Niota to Dallas City, Illinois. Between Hamilton and Dallas City, Illinois 96 also passes through historic Nauvoo along Durphy and Mulholland Streets, two major streets that intersect in the middle of the town.


SBI Route 96 originally followed the modern-day Illinois 96 from Niota south to Kinderhook. In March 1941, the state announced that IL 96 was extended south to Hamburg to a historical ferry crossing.[3] The Hamburg ferry stopped running in 1960. In 1950, Illinois 96 was rerouted into Kampsville, where another ferry crossing is located nearby on Illinois Route 108.[1]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Calhoun Kampsville IL 100 / Great River Road south / Illinois River Road – Detroit, Alton, Archeological Museum south end of Great River Road overlap
Mozier Mississippi River Road - Hamburg
Pike County Highway 10 - Nebo
Pleasant Hill Main Street - Martinsburg
US 54 / Great River Road Spur – Louisiana, Pittsfield, Pike Station River Access
New Canton Mississippi Street - Barry, El Dara
Kinderhook IL 106 east (Quincy Street) – Barry south end of IL 106 overlap
Hull IL 106 west – Hull north end of IL 106 overlap
I-72 / US 36 – Quincy, Hannibal, Springfield I-72 exit 10
Great River Road north (County Highway 57) – Quincy north end of Great River Road overlap; former IL 57
I-172 / IL 110 (CKC) to I-72 – Hannibal, Quincy, Macomb
I-172 exit 10
Quincy IL 104 (Broadway Street)

US 24 west / Great River Road (National Route) south / Lincoln Heritage Trail (Western Branch) spur – Quincy
south end of US 24 / Great River Road / Lincoln Heritage Trail spur overlap
US 24 east / Lincoln Heritage Trail (Western Branch) south – Quincy Airport, Mount Sterling north end of US 24 / Lincoln Heritage Trail spur overlap; south end of Lincoln Heritage Trail overlap
Ursa Maple Street - Meyer, Bear Creek Public Use Area, Canton Toll Ferry
IL 61 north
Great River Road (National Route) north – Warsaw, Warsaw Historical District
north end of Great River Road overlap
Hamilton US 136 east – Carthage south end of US 136 overlap

Great River Road Spur (7th Street) – Wildcat Springs Park
south end of Great River Road spur overlap

US 136 west / Great River Road (National Route) south – Keokuk
north end of US 136 / Great River Road spur overlap; south end of Great River Road overlap
IL 9 west / Great River Road (National Route) north (Fort Madison Bridge) – Fort Madison
south end of IL 9 overlap; north end of Great River Road (National Route) overlap (IL 96 north of here is an alternate route of the Great River Road)
Dallas City IL 9 east – La Harpe north end of IL 9 overlap
Henderson Lomax Great River Road north / Lincoln Heritage Trail (Western Branch) north (Carman Road) to US 34 north end of Great River Road / Lincoln Heritage Trail overlap
IL 94 – Biggsville, La Harpe
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Carlson, Rich. Illinois Highways Page: Routes 81 thru 100. Last updated April 15, 2005. Retrieved April 20, 2006.
  2. ^ a b Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2006). "T2 GIS Data". Retrieved 2007-11-08. 
  3. ^ "New State Road Map Completed". Edwardsville Intelligencer. March 22, 1941. p. 2. Retrieved November 6, 2015 – via  open access publication - free to read