Urban travel

Sears Homes

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There was a day when you could order literally anything from the Sears catalog, and I mean anything! In fact, you could even order a house. The town of Carlinville, Illinois, boasts the largest existing contiguous collection of Sears Homes. After some research I learned from the blog Sears Home.org that Elgin, Illinois is home […]

Million Dollar Courthouse

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The Million Dollar Courthouse is located in Carlinville, Illinois. Building on this beautiful courthouse began in 1869 and was completed in 1870. They built an architectural wonder, but it sunk the county 1.3 million in debt and would 40 years to pay it off. My daughter Allie and I loved our tour that Andrea Duncan, […]

JFK at the Abraham Lincoln Museum

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I’ve always been a fan of Jackie Kennedy’s sense of style. I admit I looked forward to the chance to see the new exhibit “American Visionary” that will officially open tomorrow. The opening of the exhibit is Friday, February 15, 2019 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) at 10:00 a.m. The exhibit […]

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The Ledge

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So, yesterday I did it!  I sat at the edge of the Ledge all the way up on the 110 story, 1,450 Willis Tower.   Formerly known as the Sears Tower, this skyscraper held the record as the tallest building in the world until the World Trade Center site was built in 2014.  There I […]

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wagon history

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I don’t know about you, but I love to tour, stay and see old mansions.  When there is a cool agricultural story to go with it, all the better! The Redstone Inn in Dubuque, Iowa is a fifteen-room inn built in 1894.  The Inn was built by Augustine Cooper of Cooper Wagon Works for his daughter Elizabeth.  […]

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