Historical Travel

My brush with the Beatles at Walnut Ridge

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Walnut Ridge, Arkansas is a small town with a big story.  It all begins September 18, 1964, when the Beatles made a brief stop in town that now has spanned the years.  Today, visitors can see the image of the FAB four on a mural and more and their brief visit has spiraled (since 2011) […]

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Nic's Steakhouse & Pub, a night away

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We had been stuck at home for days.  Between winter weather and a bout of flu, I was raring to go when we headed for the Minneapolis Moline tractor tours last Friday.  On the way home, we wound our way through Hillsboro and stopped at the amazing Nic’s Steakhouse. A very generous editor had got […]

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Mother Jones, a legend in our backyard

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Right in the midst of central Illinois is the history of a firebrand woman that changed the history of labor.    Mary Harris Jones, better known as Mother Jones, was a Scottish immigrant that came to Canada with her family during a famine.  Born in 1830, she died 100 years later and was buried in […]

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Mahan Filling Station, a Route 66 landmark at Fulgenzi's

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Are you a Route 66 enthusiast?  If so, you might want to stop at the Mahan Filling Station. This former gas station, thought to be one of the earliest dating back to around 1917, has returned to its roots.  Built by Butler Manufacturing in Springfield, Illinois, today the station sits on the property of Fulgenzi’s […]

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I traveled to the ocean Key West palms called my name The beauty of the narrow streets The colored houses And the Independence of the island charmed me. This romantic getaway made us feel like children Despite our advanced years! The Florida Flywheelers, Ringling Sarasota mansion And a Cracker museum and animal park Rounded out […]

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