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Oct 3, 2019 - Lincoln's home

This was a guided tour of the home that Lincoln and his family lived in for 17 years up to his leaving for the inauguration in Washington. I was clear that he was quite affluent as he made several upgrades to the home during their time there. Many stories pertaining to his children... he loved to be with them and evidently was not much of a disciplinarian. One interesting note was that Lincoln's surviving son donated the building to the state (and ultimately the Park Service) with the stipulation that people could visit it without charge....

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Oct 2, 2019 - 2nd day in Springfield

On our second day in Springfield we visited the old state Capitol building and the Library (the Library is not worth the effort... everything you can see is in the museum). We saw where Lincoln's law office was, etc. There are statues of him everywhere. The on to the Tomb.

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Oct 1, 2019 - Lincoln Presidential Museum

First day of our visit to Springfield in the Land of Lincoln. Excellent museum with 21st century animation technology. Does an excellent job of explaining the complex political issues surrounding slavery and the civil war. Lincoln was target of extremely nasty attacks from multiple quarters... his genius was how he navigated this to further his objectives (saving the union and freeing the slaves).

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Sep 15, 2019 - Route 66 Springfield - St Louis

Springfield to St. Louis Day 11 Up at 8 a.m. and out on the road by 9 a.m. Our first stop will be Lincoln's tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery. How imposing the tomb is. There is a door at the front of the monument which we enter quietly. Inside is a large room containing a statue of a sitting Lincoln. There are two custodians in attendance who explain how to tour the monument and what it contains. We travel the corridor until we reach the tomb. This is the last resting place of Lincoln, his wife and three of his sons. All around the walls of the...

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Sep 14, 2019 - Route 66 Chicago - Springfield

Route 66 Day 10 Today should be straight forward; pick up car, pack in luggage and set off down Route 66. We are not so fortunate. Mark and I leave Marcus at the hotel and arrive at Union Station at 10 a.m. to pick up our hire car. We cannot seem to find the office, although we follow the directions on our confirmation. There are two buildings that make up the station (it is a massive place) so maybe we are in the wrong one. We cross the road but we cannot find the office here either. Are we missing something? We ask numerous station staff...

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May 20, 2019 - Route 66 Missouri

We left this morning around 7:10 headed on down the road, we stopped at The Country Café in St Robert, MO for breakfast and ordered the Scuttle Butt, it had 3 eggs, sausage, bacon, cheese, hashbrowns, onions and peppers, it was very good more than I could eat the weird thing is the restaurant was still smoking and non smoking, on the road we go and went into Devils Elbow to the old bridge built in 1926 and is still standing, beautiful spot and we met a film crew there filming a movie, we got our picture with the star of the show, she isn't...

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Oct 13, 2018 - Springfield, Illinois

* We left camp at 9:23. Drove to Springfield, Illinois. *Again miles and miles of corn. And figured out soy bean crops as well. This leg of the trip flatter ground. *the USA had 90,000,000 acres of corn *the music we listen to are the country bands playing at the grand ole opry. *Our koa campground is really nice! Lots of grass and activities to do. *while we walked Brady tonight we saw the most beautiful sunset. *we stood by a soy bean crop. Kind of surreal to me. I picked a pod. *I made patty melts for dinner. The day of traveling is...

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Oct 13, 2018 - Springfield, IL

2018-10-13. Springfield, IL On our way across, Missouri to Illinois, we ran into flood-related road closures along US 36 where the Grand River overflowed its banks and the berms protecting the fields and the road and spread across two lanes of this four lane road. We have never seen this in the fifteen years we have traveled the country and it was certainly sobering, The Mississippi River was also over its banks and flowing urgently downstream. Fields filled with soybeans awaiting harvest were drowned by the flood waters and roadside signs...

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Oct 27, 2017 - Cousin Stop #2

After long hugs, and a few tears, I said bye-bye to Cousin Sylvia and we pointed Phoebe south ... to the home of Abraham Lincoln, and Sylvia's brother Terry. Terry has a l-o-n-g driveway, and so we MOOCHDOCKED at his place for one night. Terry and his wife Peggy are great hosts, and this time was no exception. A wonderful home-cooked meal and good conversation was a wonderful end to the day. The next morning we assembled at local breakfast spot and were joined by MORE COUSINS, Linda and Marvin from "just down the road". Anne hasn't seen...

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Oct 13, 2017 - Old And New

Our journey along Route 66 is a mixture of old and new. Our stay at Boots Court in Carthage was new. A wonderful old 66 motel. Did you know there were carports in the 1930s?? Really cool. Our hostess was most helpful, suggesting eateries and places to stop. And we did stop, at the Gay Parita Sinclair Station in Paris Springs, Missouri. It goes back to the 1920s. We talked with the new owner, George. His wife is the daughter of a previous owner who restored the old station and saved it from destruction. George and Barb are restoring the old...

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Oct 1, 2017 - I Miss Abe

There are a lot of pictures...and a lot of reading. If reading is not your thing, there're still some nice photos of this incredible American day. I hope the grandkids read all the plaques...I only posted a fraction. :-) I've had the opportunity to visit Washington D.C. on three different occasions and each time I feel even stronger in my wish that all Americans could have that experience. To see and touch and feel our nation's capital and all the awe-inspiring monuments, memorials, and those historical places we have read about. Watching...

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Sep 21, 2017 - Land of Lincoln

Up early. Wanted to try to get to Springfield by the time the things opened at 9. Left St Louis around 7:30. Uneventful hour and forty five minute drive. First stopped was the Lincoln tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery north of downtown. Arrived there about 9:15. There is a bronze statue of Lincoln's head in front of the plaza on which the tomb sits. Everyone rubs the nose of the statue for good luck for some reason so the nose is discolored. Not one to tempt fate I made sure to do so. In tomb there is a small "reception" area w/ some statues,...

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