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LINCOLN, Ill. (AP) — Ernie Edwards, a beloved fixture of Route 66 history and founder of the highway’s iconic Pig Hip restaurant, has died at the age of 94.

The Bloomington Pantagraph reports Edwards died Wednesday in Lincoln, in central Illinois. The paper says his death was announced Thursday by the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County.

Edwards’ restaurant was located in nearby Broadwell, along the Illinois stretch of the legendary road across the U.S.

He was best known for the eatery’s pork sandwich, which gave the restaurant its peculiar name. The ham was said to come from the tender left hip of the pig. It also had a secret sauce.

The Pig Hip restaurant served customers from 1937 to 1991. After that, Edwards kept it open as a museum.

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