Lincoln’s Home National Historic Site (Springfield)

Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

The Lincoln Home National Historic Site is the location of the Lincoln family’s home in Springfield, and it is maintained just as if the Abe Lincoln and his wife and children still lived there. After getting our free tour ticket at the visitor center, our guide led us into the home sharing some insights into Abraham Lincoln's life as a husband and father and an attorney here in Springfield. The first thing I … [Read more...]

Lincoln’s Presidential Library (Springfield)

Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

The kids and I have been to a few Presidential Libraries, and I have to say The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is by far our favorite. Venturing inside there is so much to see you will be a little overwhelmed.  We were totally enthralled by the life-like displays that sort of mimic movie sets. It's best to start at the beginning with a replica of Lincoln’s boyhood cabin.  The kids and I were really … [Read more...]

Lincoln’s Tomb State Historic Site (Springfield)

Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

Lincoln's Tomb State Historic Site is indeed is the burial place of Abraham Lincoln one of the most important presidents in the history of our country.  The entrance to the tomb is marked by a beautiful monument with a bronze statue of Mr. Lincoln. We read in a few of our guidebooks that we were supposed to rub the nose of the statue for good luck.  Walking up we noticed that the nose was quite shiny so each of us … [Read more...]

Weaver Potato Chip Factory Tour (Lincoln)

Destination #6: Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma

I was really sad to read that the Weaver Potato Chip Factory just closed costing 70 folks their jobs.  Weaver's had been around for 76 years-and that's a long time.  They had their ups and downs during hard economic times but with an infusion of some new investment money they were making progress turning the company around.  Sadly just as they were getting going, their  Nebraska potato supplier sent their much … [Read more...]

Nebraska State Capitol Building (Lincoln)

Destination #6: Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma

The Nebraska State Capitol Building is a complete standout and one of my all time personal favorites and definitely wins the award for most decorative.  It is completely unique unlike any other I've seen and I absolutely love it. While it does have a dome with I guess what you could call a rotunda, it's atypical in it's height and shape-the building itself is 15 stories high.  Done completely in the art deco … [Read more...]