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Illinois - More than just the Land of Lincoln

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A May 2010 trip to Illinois by RoBoNC

Illinois State Capitol Photo, Springfield, Illinois More Photos
Quote: Illinois may be the known as the Land of Lincoln, but the state is also connected to other presidents such as Ulysses Grant and Ronald Reagan. Reagan was born, grew up, and attended college here. Although overshadowed by Lincoln, there is more to discover here of our other US Presidents.

Oak Ridge Cemetery and Lincoln Tomb

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Attraction | "Abraham Lincoln's Final Resting Place"

Oak Ridge Cemetery and Lincoln Tomb Photo, Springfield, Illinois
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Less than two miles from downtown Springfield is Oak Ridge Cemetery. It is Lincoln’s final resting place and the second most visited cemetery after Arlington in Virginia. As you drive up the road leading to the gravesite, you immediately notice the 117 foot tall obelisk towering over the cemetery. There is a parking lot surrounding the monument and a walkway leading up to the steps. There are four sets of stairs; two in the front and two in the rear. The steps lead to a level terrace which houses a rectangular structure which supports the tall obelisk. The obelisk is flanked by four bronze sculptures on each corner representing the four Civil War services, artillery, infantry, cavalry, and navy....Read More

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Oak Ridge Cemetery and Lincoln Tomb
1500 Monument Avenue
Springfield, Illinois 62702
(217) 789-2340

Abraham Lincoln Home National Historic Site

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Attraction | "The home of Abraham Lincoln and much more"

Illinois State Capitol Photo, Springfield, Illinois
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Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States and is considered one of the greatest presidents in the US’s history. The country is filled with sites and monuments dedicated to Lincoln. Kentucky is home to his birth while Indiana hails itself as the boyhood home state. Washington D.C. is where he served as President and was subsequently assassination in Ford’s Theatre, and Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania is where he gave his famous Gettysburg Address. Lincoln Museums can be found in Kentucky, Indiana (until recently before it closed), and there is even one at a university named for him, the Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. Nebraska actually named...Read More

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Abraham Lincoln Home National Historic Site
426 South Seventh Street
Springfield, Illinois
(217) 391-3226

Ronald Reagan Museum and Peace Garden at Eureka College

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Attraction | "Alma Mater of Ronald Reagan"

Ronald Reagan Museum and Peace Garden at Eureka College Photo, Eureka, Illinois
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Lincoln may be Illinois most famous citizen, but he wasn’t born there (Kentucky), he didn’t grow up there (Indiana), and he didn’t attend school there (self-educated). That distinction belongs to President Ronald Reagan who was born there (Tampico), grew up there (Dixon), and went to school there (Eureka College). I drove the Ronald Reagan Trail stopping to see the different sites related to him. I began in Eureka where he attended school. I then traveled to his birthplace in Tampico and his boyhood home in Dixon. There is no easy way to get to any of these places and although it is only a thirty minute drive between Tampico and Dixon, it is about a two hour drive from Eureka to Tampico. The dri...Read More

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Ronald Reagan Museum and Peace Garden at Eureka College
300 E. College Avenue
Eureka, Illinois

Ronald Reagan's Birthplace and Museum

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Attraction | "Ronald's Reagan Birthplace"

Ronald Reagan's Birthplace and Museum Photo, Tampico, Illinois
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Tampico is a very small community of about 800 people located in Illinois on State Route 172. Most people may never have heard of Tampico and very few could probably tell where it is located on the map. It is one of the towns where if you blink, you will miss it. Tampico is located in the northwest corner of the state in Whiteside County which borders the Mississippi River and Iowa. Surprisingly, many people drive to this small town each year to visit Tampico’s only tourist attraction. Tampico’s claim to fame is that it is the birthplace of Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States.Illinois Route 172 goes right through Tampico. The state route turns into Main Street for a...Read More

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Ronald Reagan's Birthplace and Museum
111-113 South Main Street
Tampico, Illinois
815-622-8705

Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home

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Attraction | "Ronald Reagan's Boyhood Home"

Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home Photo, Dixon, Illinois
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In 1920, Jack Reagan lost his job when the H.C. Pitney Variety Store closed up in Tampico, Illinois. Jack moved the family to Dixon about thirty minutes away. Dixon is a city of 16,000 located on the Rock River just east of Tampico, the birthplace of Ronald Reagan. The boyhood home of Reagan, if you can call it that, considering that he only lived there from 1920 to 1923 between the ages of 9 and 12 is located at 816 S. Hennepin Avenue. The only parking available is on the street and keep in mind that the house is in a neighborhood so residents must deal with tourist traffic all year round. The hours are the same as the Reagan’s birthplace in Tampico. It is open seven days a week during the mont...Read More

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Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home
816 South Hennepin Avenue
Dixon, Illinois