S: July 2009 Illinois Trip
FC: Illinois Trip July 2009
1: MAY FAMILY TRIP TO ILLINOIS JULY 3-11, 2009 | INTO THE LAND OF LINCOLN Our Illinois trip started on Friday morning, July 3rd, 2009. We left the house and hit the road heading for Springfield, Illinois. We were determined to explore the life of Abe Lincoln; rest, relax, explore and enjoy the state of Illinois. When we left the house the weather was great and we had high hopes and dreams for our vacation. The trip went well after we had a minor delay due to a bad accident in the opposite lane. We couldn't believe how far the traffic was backed up on the other side of the highway and we were really glad and feeling very lucky that we were heading in the opposite direction.
2: Above: In front of the White House, The Lincoln/May Family: Nickie, Robert, Tad, Mary, Abe, Willie and Amanda. I didn't know Abe and Mary had any girls? Immediate Left: Front facade of the Lincoln White House, a replica of the front of White House as is was when Abe became President. Far Left: Wax figures of Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass are symbolically seated to the side of the entrance to the white house.
3: The Lincoln White House | Our family really enjoyed our visit to the Lincoln Presidential Museum. There was something there for everyone in our family. Amanda and Cindy enjoyed the history. There was also Mary's Attic and other interactive displays for Nickie and lots of Civil War stuff. Mike especially enjoyed looking at a constantly updating map of the war showing the movement of the soldiers on both sides and coming together for battles. There were red lights for the confederate troops and blue lights for the union troops. Each group of soldiers had a light and you could watch them moving over the years of the war. It was interesting to see the two sides moving together and apart.
4: Nickie and Amanda are having fun trying on some of the vintage looking costumes and pretending to be people from the past, in Mrs. Lincoln's pretend Attic. Amanda is getting so tall that she couldn't fit into most of the play clothing. | Mary's Attic
6: New Salem
8: New Salem, Illinois is the home of Abe Lincoln in his early adulthood.
9: New Salem
11: New Salem
12: This is the Lincoln- Berry Store. Before Abe was a lawyer, he was a co-owner and shopkeeper of a country store in New Salem, this is a replica of his store.
13: New Salem
15: While we in Springfield there were celebrations going on and they had some special entertainment that we really enjoyed. Nickie got to learn some special tricks from Polecat Annie and Professor Farquart. We also saw an awesome musical performance of a group of singers dressed in costume from the Civil War Era and singing songs from that time period.
16: Left: Lincoln's Tomb: It is supposed to be good luck to rub the statues nose (making it shiny and coppery looking). Above and right: Lincoln statues from New Salem and Springfield. Scattered throughout are pictures of a fascinating miniaturized version of Lincoln's funeral train that we found at at the old, restored train station in downtown Springfield.
18: We really enjoyed our visit to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library. The museum is very innovative and interactive and each of us discovered something interesting there.
19: In Downtown Springfield, across the street from the Presidential Museum, we were happy to discover a nice park where Amanda and Nickie got to sit and visit for a few moments. with Old Abe.
21: Magnolia Manor in Cairo | This was the first full day we spent traveling around Southern Illinois.
22: Mike wanted his picture taken with Grant at the Fort Defiance park, just outside of Cairo at the southern tip of Illinois.
25: Wickliffe Mounds | We crossed over a bridge near Cairo, Illinois into Kentucky to see the mounds. They were originally called the King Mounds but were renamed.
26: This park is located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers near Cairo, Illinois. The girls enjoyed climbing the tower that is shaped like a ship with a good view of the rivers.
27: Fort Defiance
29: Chester, Illinois is proud of being the hometown of the creator of Popeye E.C. Segar.
32: Below: Bluto Right: Sweet Pea, Olive Oyl and Jeep
33: Left: Popeye Below: Whimpy
35: Popeye the Sailor Man
36: Capitol City of Kaskaskia
43: Pierre Menard Historic Home
45: The outdoor area of the Menard Home were very interesting. The guide told us how they would grow Pennyroyal as a natural bug repellent. The kitchen was separated from the house by a covered walkway.
47: Can you find Amanda hiding behind the camera? I did! It seems like Amanda loves to take pictures of beautiful old and historic items, maybe almost as much as she likes to visit historic homes.
48: Super Metropolis
51: Mom, Amanda and Nickie all enjoyed trying on the Supersuit, cape and boots.
52: A Super Family | Far Right: Nickie wanted to see if anything would happen when she went inside Supermans telephone booth.
55: Whitehaven Rest Stop in Paduchah, Kentucky
56: Whitehaven | Amanda and Mom enjoyed all of the beautiful house museums on our trip. We saw one almost everyday. We found this one when we stopped for some information when we first entered Kentucky.
58: Fort Massac
63: Fort Massac
66: Some of the soldiers of different nationalities who are standing guard at Fort Massac. They represent some of the nations who claimed this piece of ground through the years.
71: This mural painted on the curved wall in front of the boat made it seem like we were riding along in the boat on the river.
73: Garden of the Gods | near Harrisburg
79: Forman Depot | Vienna Park in Illinois
80: Nickie loved playing in this wooden train | Nickie is taking a ride on the Vienna Express!
81: Vienna, Illinois | This train in located in the Vienna Park along with the Trail of Tears memorial.
83: Vienna Park - Trail of Tears Totem Pole and Memorial Site
84: Trail of Tears | Vienna, Illinois | Vienna, Illinois
86: Americana Hollywood Museum, Mike sings with the Blues Brothers.
88: Mini-golf is one of our favorite family activities. Mom especially loves mini-golf! | Nickie enjoys pretending to drive this racing car. | Vacation Fun!
90: Traveling through the Land of Lincoln! Lots of Bridges...
92: We really enjoyed our stay at this lovely and economical cabin at Valley View Cabins, 7025 Lickcreek Road in the very quiet, peaceful countryside of Buncombe in southern Illinois. The girls got a ride in the golf cart too and swimming in the pool. 618-833-6356