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Civil War History in Sycamore, Illinois

In the days after the Civil War, some African American families moved north with the Union troops with which they fought.  But the story of…

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The Historic Chicago Fire

Bells rang the warning.  Prison cells were opened to allow inmates to save their own lives ahead of the coming disaster.  No one had see…

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A Fast Moving Fire

It was a fast moving fire. In fact, it was moving so quickly that people could not find aware to avoid it.  Some thought the…

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The Most Famous Cow in History

No doubt, she is one of the most famous cows in history…but is she really to blame for the problems she caused?  This is the…

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Inside the Dickson Mounds

Long before there were cities like New York and Chicago…these giant cities were scattered across the nation.  Today we try to uncover their link and…

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An Early City of a Thousand Years Ago

Havana, Illinois is located on the Illinois River but is far from the first city that’s stood here.  In fact, we know of a large…

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Chicago’s Old City Library

Chicago’s Michigan Avenue has long been a place noted for fine shops, hotels and attractions.  Many people though, pass by one of the great gems…

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Chicago’s Cultural Center on Michigan Avenue

Chicago’s Michigan Avenue has long been a place noted for fine shops, hotels and attractions.  Many people though, pass by one of the great gems…

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Part of Chicago’s Famous Park Landscape

This famous architect was hired to design one of Chicago’s famous park landscapes.  No sooner did he design it than park employees began mowing down…

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Three Presidents in One Place

It’s hard to imagine a U.S. president taking time to check into a hotel, sign their name to the registration card, complete with their home…

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Linking Two Ends of the Nation

Today interstate highways provide the roads for multistate trips, but when this country was founded, any road at all was quite a feat.  But there…

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The City of Porches

Some say this small Midwestern town has the look of New Orleans’ French Quarter.  When you drive down Main Street you’ll see what people mean…

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A Two Story Outhouse

You may be tempted to believe this small building in central Illinois is just a gimmick devised for people to stop and take a look. …

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The Postville Courthouse

Americans regard him as one of their most beloved presidents…a man that pulled a nation together as civil war tore it apart.  When you look…

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An Unexpected Boom

Just south of Interstate 70 in southeast Illinois, you may begin to see some unusual sights popping up and down in corn and soybean fields. …

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More Profitable Than Farmland

There was a time when the farmers of southeastern Illinois found something far more profitable on their land than corn or livestock.  In fact, the…

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Composing Music for Walt Disney

You’ve most likely never heard his name, but you’ve likely heard his music.  His family tried to dissuade him from majoring in music, but it…

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The Small Town that Served 1.5 Million Troops

Many people like to be patriotic and support our troops.  This small town went well above and beyond, helping over 1.5 million soldiers all with…

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Discovering Pluto

He was a farm kid who discovered one of the most distant objects in our solar system.  And recently, his ashes were sent to that…

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Super Slurper & Much More!

It’s called “Super Slurper.”  If you’ve had very young kids, you’ve probably used it and never realized it.  Even more folks don’t realize it was…

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