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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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