Touching Lincoln

  • Article by: KERRI WESTENBERG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 10, 2012 - 2:10 PM

Our 16th president spent most of his adult life in Springfield, Ill. Given its sites and museums devoted to the man, there's no better place to get to know him.

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nerowolfeNov. 10, 12 7:15 PM

I grew up in Springfield, Illinois surrounded and inspired by the life of Abraham Lincoln. Candidly, in many ways his life was at the forefront of my upbringing. It's not a big town; it's not a rich town; but the life of this remarkably "common" American-- who proved how extraordinary a common person could be in compelling times--fills the community with infinite pride. Thank you Kerri Westenberg, for taking me home for a couple of minutes.

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jessy03Nov. 10, 12 9:39 PM

I've visited the new(ish) Lincoln museum in Springfield and it is very well done - I recommend it.

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lenny7Nov. 10, 1211:38 PM

Be sure to visit the Cozy Drive In while you're there!

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nerowolfeNov. 11, 1210:04 AM

Try a Horseshoe sandwich at D'Arcy's Pint or the Norb Andy Pub!

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marcus100254Nov. 11, 12 2:49 PM

I was born in Spfld, and then was living in Highland Park by the time I was 1 yrs old. I lived in Minny for 50 yrs and consider myself a dual citizen now. When I tell people that I am a Minnesotan, the pride I have inside of me can move me to tears. The sense of history that I get whenever I am in Spfld can do the same. I was born 2 blocks from the Lincoln home site and my grandparents lived 2 blocks on the other side of it. My family has been in the Spfld area for about 200 yrs. and my great great grandfather was Lincolns friend and neighbor. He was a harness maker. My brother and I spent a lot of our summer vacations there and have seen and been to all of the Lincoln historic sites many times over. Very interesting and amazing to say the least. When you see some of the artifacts of the era and think that we are only about 150 yrs removed from that place in time it is really something to think of how much the area had to do with the history and future of our country. From the Twin Cities if you leave at 7 in the morning you can be there by 5 in the afternoon, including a lunch and fuel stop. I would recommend the Home site, the new Museum, (the library is more for the academics that might be researching the era) the depot where Lincoln gave his farewell address before lvng for DC to become President is good, and the Lincoln tomb, in which the cemetary there has several civil war era gravesites and if time permits a trip out to New Salem to see where he lived before moving to Spfld. it's about 40 mins outside of town. I would say that this area probably has the biggest amount of US history this close to the TC. Go from TC to Madison to Rockford to Spfld is the best route. 4 lane all the way. Easy drive. This would be a great 4 day trip and you would be glad you made it...

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