Urban travel

Lincoln trail

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On a Sunday afternoon Keith and I took off for a drive. We wanted to wander, and found ourselves in Carlinville, Illinois. While I had hoped that the lovely bakery, the Hawthorn Tree I had discovered on the square would be open it was not. However, what I did find instead was Lincoln! It is […]

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A History Lover's Guide to Lincoln (NE) book review

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Anyone that knows me knows I always have a book in my hand. When I travel I think it is important to have a book to read. It is especially nice to have a book about places to travel. Here is a book about Lincoln, Nebraska! Gretchen M. Garrison sent me her beautiful book, A […]

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Downtown Decatur take a look!

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There is fun to be had in downtown Decatur! The last few blogs I have written have profiled stops I visited in Decatur, Illinois. My friend Annie Jansen and I get together once a month or so and we play tourists in central, Illinois. During July we choose Decatur and toured the James Millikin Homestead, […]

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Staley Museum

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Growing up in Mattoon, Illinois before moving to Pawnee, Decatur and A.E. Staley was always something I knew. Soybeans were just part of life in central Illinois. The growing, the processing and the knowledge that they helped make the world go round were paramount to life in this neck of the woods. Visiting the Staley […]

Hieonymus Mueller Museum

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While visiting Decatur, Illinois last week, one of the stops that Annie Jansen and I made was the amazing Hieronymus Mueller Museum. Anyone will like this museum. It tells the family story and the manufacturing outline of Hieronymus Mueller and his company. The doors are a piece of art welcoming you in. And, if there […]