Saturday, July 7, 2007

The Land of Lincoln

As much as I insist that family and friends come here to visit me, occassionally my treks take me away from AppalacSpringfield, Illinois, which is a great place to visit. I lived there for a time in the early 1990s and fell in love with the city and its history. In addition to the beautiful Illinois State Capitol (dome pictured above) there are Lincoln sites everywhere... his home, law office, the depot where he bid farewell to his friends, the old capitol where he served, and his tomb where he, Mary Todd and three of their four sons are buried (pictured left and below). I don't have photos of the newest Lincoln attraction...the amazing Lincoln Presidential Museum, no trip to Springfield is complete without visiting this exceptional museum.
If you can't make it to Springfield, there is a wonderful Lincoln Museum right here is Appalachia! Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN is home to the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum. The Cumberland Gap Tunnel is nearby and offers a visitor's center, nearby park and trails.

1 comment:

  1. I was in Cumberland Gap near the end of September. It's so beautiful. I grew up in Corbin Kentucky and lived the last four years of my 20s in Harlan County. The Kentucky mountains and the surrounding area are forever in my heart, blood, and soul. They're a part of me that, even as a writer, I'm unable to describe as well as I'd like...

    Have added your blog to my feed reader. Beautiful, gorgeous stuff here!


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