Posted in American Countryside Illinois

The Largest City

Before there was a United States of America, this was the largest city within it’s modern boundaries.  In fact, it’s size still marvels those who consider its…

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Developing the Self Scouring Plow

Although you may associate his name with tractors, he never saw one.  Yet his name is synonymous with the equipment used in agriculture… SharePrintEmail

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Posted in American Countryside Illinois Presidents

That Will Be a Half-Cent, Mr. President

Toll roads have been around as long as the nation.  Today those tolls are often paid on multi-lane turnpikes, often with just the flash of…

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Posted in American Countryside Illinois Presidents

The Cannon That Fired Too Soon

When you’re in  Pittsfield, Illinois, enjoy the chance to drive around the city and listen to stories on your car radio.  They aren’t any ordinary…

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Posted in American Countryside Illinois Presidents

A Frequent Visitor

Today we say hello to out listeners on WBBA in Pittsfield, Illinois.  Listeners there know that just over a century and a half ago, there…

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6 St. Louis Spots History Lovers Shouldn’t Miss

A lot of visitors to St. Louis may catch a Cardinals game, take in the world-class zoo, or ride to the top of the St….

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New Philadelphia

Today it is difficult to find much of the town of New Philadelphia, Illinois.  However, the town’s place in the nation’s history will always be…

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The Old Log Cabin Inn

When you operate a restaurant that features a talking crow and airplane rides, you will certainly stand out compared to most eateries.  Add in the…

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A Unique Hall of Fame

There are many Halls of Fame across this nation.  Most will display items related to those enshrined.  This one is a bit unique, because when…

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The Pontiac Wagon

Today we take a look at a very old Pontiac wagon.  No, we’re not talking about a station wagon, but rather an 1800s wagon…the type…

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A Car Named for Oakland County, Michigan

If I were to tell you that there is a car named for Oakland County, Michigan you’d probably not recognize any of the models.  However,…

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The Walldog Museum

What is a “walldog” and why is there a museum devoted to it?  Well, the answer can be found in Pontiac, Illinois.  It’s a place…

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Posted in American Countryside History Illinois Presidents

Some Abraham Lincoln Stories You Won’t Get from Hollywood

What was Abraham Lincoln doing with 81 bottles of champagne and 14 pounds of raisins? Thankfully he didn’t consume them all himself, but he was…

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Posted in American Countryside History Illinois

A Network of Ancient Cities

Before interstate highways existed, something apparently linked America’s first large cities. But we don’t know exactly what. Andrew McCrea examines that mystery on today’s American…

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Posted in American Countryside History Illinois

An Ancient City in Mid-America

Dickson, Illinois, is a nice town on the Illinois River. But it’s far from the first city in that location. Andrew goes back 1,000 years…

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Seven Great FREE Places to Visit with the Family this Summer

Here are seven places my family and I have discovered in the American Countryside listening area that are not only fun to visit, but also…

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Posted in Illinois Scenic Route

Scenic Route – Saving the World and Not Getting Credit

Would you believe there’s a man who helped save the world from nuclear holocaust, and you don’t even know his name? Andrew McCrea has his…

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Posted in American Countryside Illinois World War II

Honoring A Top Secret Mission

The military exercise was top secret.  When this mission was finally opened to the public, the reverend who played the pivotal role in thwarting the…

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Posted in American Countryside Illinois World War II

The Pastor Who Helped

During World War II the Germans raced against the Americans to be the first to successfully build an atomic bomb.  Interestingly, a Norwegian pastor living…

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The Old Lunch Wagon

The old lunch wagon began as a horse drawn vehicle.  Over the years in became a permanent fixture here, a place where people could get…

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