Category Archive: Things to see and do

Mar 30

Lincoln’s Tomb in Springfield, Illinois

One of four statues representing the Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery and Navy  that fought in the Civil War, and that Lincoln commanded.

Lincoln’s tomb is in the huge Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois. This is a State historic site, not a National property. The impressive structure is on top of a hill in roughly the center of the cemetery grounds. You enter the tomb into a small round room. There were two volunteers in the room …

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Mar 27

Springfield, Illinois and Abe Lincoln

The four block historic area around the Lincoln home (that is it on the left)

Today we enjoyed some of the sights and historic attractions in Springfield, Illinois. It seems that the only US National Park in Illinois is the four block area that includes the home of Abraham Lincoln and his family. Lincoln only owned one house during his life, and it was the one in Springfield. Today the …

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Mar 25

Spotted a bald eagle


Near Pere Marquette State Park north of Grafton, Illinois we saw a magnificent bald eagle in the top of a tree. What a treat to see our National Symbol in the flesh, er….in the feather. Info boards at the park said that in the year 2000 there were 43 active nests of bald eagles in …

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Mar 23

World’s largest wind chime

World's largest wind chime

You see some out of the ordinary things on US 40, the National Road. Casey, Illinois has some of those things. The world’s largest wind chimes broiught us to a halt a we drove through this little town. The “coming soon” foundations for the allegeded largest rocking chair was a hoot. I wondered how long …

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