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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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The Little Jail In Gardner, Illinois

The need for maximum security prisons is an unfortunate reality of life.  On the other end of the spectrum is the jail in Gardner, Illinois….

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A Stop In Pontiac, Illinois

Pontiac, Illinois is an interesting mix of the old and new.  It’s a place that’s worked to preserve its heritage, yet a city that is…

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A Mark on the Door Frame

Many a family has recorded the heights of their growing children by placing a mark on a door or doorpost in the home.   In…

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Pontiac, Illinois’ Route 66 Museum

Pontiac, Illinois is home to a Hall of Fame for a very famous American road.  The museum itself is very well done, and inside its…

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Turkey Tracks

There is definitely an art to tracking and calling a wild turkey.  Jerry Law had no trouble tracking this turkey.   That’s because the turkey’s…

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The Luna Cafe

In front of the Luna Café, on old route 66 near Mitchell, Illinois, you’ll find a beautifully restored neon sign.  The bright lights include a…

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Leading Tours of the Underground Railroad

Imagine unearthing history from nearly two centuries ago to find the secret routes people used to gain their freedom. That’s what this man does and…

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A Railroad Town

Railroads spanned these two cities on opposite sides of the Mississippi River, but it was a secret railroad that had Eric Robinson most interested. Here’s…

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Chicago Community Gardens

They are small plots of land, but add them together and they account for a growing trend in the city of Chicago. Some date to…

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The Carthage, Illinois Jail

Jails aren’t supposed to be a thing of beauty, but the tan limestone walls of the 1839 jailhouse in Carthage, Illinois are attractive set against…

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The Story Behind Lincoln Park’s Lily Pool

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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Buying a Russian Mig

It can be a hassle filling out paperwork when you buy or trade a new car or truck. But what’s it like if you want…

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The World Aerospace Museum

Quincy, Illinois has a nice airport which links its citizens to thousands of flights around the globe. But what many don’t realize is the very…

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Springfield, Illinois: New Salem Village

Where was Abraham Lincoln living when he won his first political office?  You may have forgotten that it was this town, which appears today much…

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Springfield, Illinois: Lincoln’s Tomb

Arlington National Cemetery is the most visited cemetery is the nation.  Which one ranks second?  Well, a stop here honors a president and may even…

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Springfield, Illinois: The Cozy Dog

Route 66 is full of pieces of Americana, and in Central Illinois you’ll find a drive-in over 65 years old, and customers traveling from other…

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Springfield, Illinois: History Comes Alive

It’s been 150 years since Abraham Lincoln was President, but you can still visit with him and get his thoughts about everything from politics to…

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Springfield, Illinois: A Presidential Museum

This week we’re in Springfield, Illinois–of course any stop here likely includes the Abraham Lincoln presidential library.  It’s a place where technology and a few…

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