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The Gold Rush of the Midwest

According to Terry Eagle, Assistant Director of the Discover History & Industry Center in Muscatine, Iowa, ”The Goldrush of the Midwest was Mother of Pearl.” This Mother of Pearl was found in the clams and mussels along the Mississippi River in Muscatine and the discovery made Muscatine the Pearl Button Capital of the World!  The […]

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The Oasis, a Diner on the National Road

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There is something to be said about the only Diner on the National Road in Indiana. Besides having that distinction, the wonderful Oasis is one of less than five historical diners to remain on US 40 from Cumberland, Maryland to Vandalia, Illinois. For those like me in Central Illinois, the Mother Road is Route 66, […]

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Perillio’s Pizzeria A Happening Place!

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A visit to Hendricks County, Indiana would not be complete without lunch as Perillo’s Pizzeria.  Damiano Perillo came to the States from Sicily and made his way to Chicago, then Indianapolis.  He wanted to live in a small town and that, and of course, a woman, is how he ended up in the small town […]

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A day on the Grand Prairie

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When I went to Stuttgart Arkansas, I thought I had seen the one and only Grand  Prairie Museum just to learn that there is a museum of the same name not far from where I live. The museum is close to the town of Mahomet, Illinois so when it was time for our once a […]

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The History and Mystery of Rutherford B. Hayes

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While in Ohio, this summer, Nancy Reynolds took Annie Jansen and I to tour the beautiful Rutherford B. Hayes home and his Presidential Library and Museum that is located right next door.  The home is quite lovely and since I knew very little about our 19th President everything was new. Rutherford B. Hayes was the […]

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