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Carving a Capital from the Wilderness

Roll back the clock 250 years and this city’s population might rival some of the largest towns on the east coast–yet it was in the…

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Illinois’ Original State Capital

State capitals range in size form huge cities such as Atlanta, Georgia all the way down to Montpelier, Vermont’s mere 8000 residents. But when this…

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Lincoln Celebrates With Champagne and Raisins

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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Lincoln at Illinois’ Other Capital

You can go to Springfield, Illinois and learn plenty about President Abraham Lincoln. His home and Presidential Library are there. But if you want to…

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Santa Anna’s Leg

It’s been over 150 years since IL soldiers faced Santa Ana in the Mexican War. However traces of that battle fought over 1500 miles to…

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Farming Big with Small Equipment

It’s amazing some of the technology that can be found on the farm these days.  However, if you go to Phil Corzine’s farm, you may…

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A Different Place to Farm

Midwestern farms experience temperatures that can often range from below zero to over 100 during the course of the year.  Phil’s farms sees far less…

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Stumps in the Road

Folks in Ramsey, Illinois know that just a few miles to the south, one of the nation’s first roads once linked Illinois with the east…

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Chicago’s Library

Chicago was ready to build a new library in the late 1800s.  However, it had two challenges.  There was little light by which to read…

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Chicago’s Cultural Center

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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Lincoln’s Aide – William Johnson

Few people know that on Abraham Lincoln’s return to the District of Columbia from delivering the Gettysburg Address, he contracted a mild case of smallpox….

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Springfield, Illinois’ Train Station

On the surface, this old train station in Springfield, Illinois may not seem to be that important.  However, when you consider the bookends it represented…

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A President-Elect and a Yard Sale

When people move, they often put some items up for sale and place others in the trash.  Now imagine it is the President-Elect of the…

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Salem, Illionois’ Library

In Salem, Illinois you’ll find a library named for a man who never set foot in this town. He simply admired the man who was…

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William Jenning Bryan

ver a century has passed since this man ran for president three times.  While he never held the oval office, his words, speeches and actions…

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A Fountain Mightier than Skyscrapers

Many city parks have fountains.  But imagine a fountain that could shoot water higher than buildings and drew visitors from across the nation to view…

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To the Courts For a Park

We know names like Montgomery Ward and Marshall Field because of the stores that carried their name.  But most people do not know of the…

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Chicago’s Lake Park

In downtown Chicago there is a wide stretch of land between Michigan Avenue and the Lake Michigan that was never developed for business.  But why…

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County Flags of the Civil War

In the days of the Civil War, many regiments consisted of men all from the same county. Each regiment had their own flag and when…

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The Spencer Rifle

Imagine you had invented a new type of rifle that could be helpful to the U.S. military. How would you go about selling your device?…

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