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Springfield, Illinois, is the state capital; the hometown of Abraham Lincoln; it's where the largest Executive Mansion in the U.S. is located; it's a city that cherishes its past, (even old Route 66); it's where the Illinois State Fair is held each year; Springfield still has a Drive-in Theater [Route 66 Drive-in]; it's huge Lake Springfield offers a public beach, a Marina, and is partly surrounded by some great parks; Springfield is also a college & University town [Lincoln Land Community College, Robert Morris College, SIU School of Medicine, Springfield College in Illinois, and University of Illinois at Springfield], transportation in Springfield includes Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, Amtrak Trains, and a Greyhound Bus Depot; and, most of all, Springfield is a city where you feel ,and actually are, surrounded by history!
For those of you who admire our 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, Springfield is most certainly the city to visit. Here in Springfield, Abe is a "revered icon". You can visit THE ABRAHAM LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM, a visit to the past via the 21st-century!
Visitors are able to tour Lincoln's home and neighborhood, his law offices, the Old State Capitol [ where he served as a state representative], The State Capitol [where he visited as President of the United States], the Lincoln family church pew, the Lincoln ledger, the Great Western Railroad Depot [where he gave his farewell speech], and, of course, Lincoln's Tomb, his final resting place.
When you think of Abraham Lincoln, think of Springfield, Illinois.
Historic Route 66, The Mother Road, still plays an important role in Springfield.
Chicago's Lake Shore Drive starts Route 66 where it winds through the Loop before heading south toward Bloomington, Illinois, and then continues to SPRINGFIELD, where you'll end up at Sixth Street. Be sure to visit all the Route 66-related places and events:
1. The one and only Cozy Dog Drive-In where the Waldmire family started serving their famous Cozy Dogs in 1946.
2. The original 66 Drive-In is still around. It used to be on South Sixth Street, and has come back to life in a new location as part of Knight's Action Park off old Route 4.
3. A block south of the fairgrounds on Peoria Road, WWII veteran, Bill Shea, has converted his Marathon Station into a museum of gasoline and oil memorabilia, Shea's Gas Station Museum. He's also moved another old tin station on the grounds for more display space. He has "tons" of Route 66 memorabilia. [We visited his museum and talked to him; it was one of the highlights of our trip.
4. Springfield and the surrounding area is home to quite a few 66-related events:
a. The Route 66 Association of Illinois' annual Motor Tour event in June.
b. The Third Annual Logan County Route 66 Garage Sales in June has 37 miles of Route 66 in Logan County where garage sales, flea markets, and food vendors will abound.
d. Springfield has its own International Route 66 festival in September with classic cars, an arts fair, and where live music will be played on the city's historic downtown streets.
e. Route 66 winds around the three sides of the State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
It's obvious that Springfield, Illinois is Route 66 Territory!
- Pros:Mid-sized city that is clean, has plenty of parking, quite historic with beautiful architecture
- Cons:Because of 2009 economy, some sites are closed
- In a nutshell:A friendly midwestern city that is rich in history.
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Written May 24, 2009
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