Drove to Chatham, IL on July 25, 2016. We were just south of Springfield, the land of Lincoln and portions of Route 66. We stayed at the Double J Campground. It is on the service drive of I-55 so there was some road noise, but very convenient for those just stopping overnight.
The campground has over 100 sites, some permanent, but well kept. There is a dog area, not fenced but a large area for walking. The laundry room and bathrooms were very clean. WIFI was good, and our Verizon service was strong. The pool was very nice, large with lots of chairs and a handicap lift chair. We paid $40 a night with our Good Sam discount.
Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809 in Kentucky and at the age of 7 his family moved to Indiana. In 1837 he moved to Springfield, IL. The Lincoln Museum and Library is here as well as a number of other historical sites.
The museum was very nice, it is laid out in loops.
As a teenager he was restless and wanted to explore past the frontier. He built a raft and made his first money transporting people and products down the river. One trip took him to New Orleans which gave him his first glimpse of slavery and there was never a time in his life, he observed later, when slavery did not have the power to make him miserable.
|The Lincoln-Douglas Senatorial Debate|
The festive night of the Presidential Ball was tempered with fear as young Willie was into the second week of being very ill, he passed away just weeks later.
|The man in the center picture is a real person - when you enter the room he is standing perfectly |
still like the wax figures, but then starts to speak. He scared more than one person.
We loved the toy in the desk cubbyhole in the left hand picture.
It also took a heavy toll on Lincoln. He visited the telegraph office many times a day to follow the news of the war.
In between the loops are an art gallery and two movie theaters, both movies were very informative, there is also a gift shop.
The building is beautiful as are the surrounding grounds, with interesting flower pots and additional statues.
The two "charred" chimneys represent the ruins left after the race riots in August 1908.
Lincoln's Tomb is located in the Oakridge Cemetery. It is a large tomb that has a number of statues and displays in it. You cannot go past the first level, as the railings no longer meet the safety requirements for height.
At one time the caretakers family lived next to the tomb. There house was a small castle. We thought it looked like a pretty cool place to live.
We toured the Dana Thomas House, it is the 72nd house designed and built by Franklin Lloyd Wright, and his first "blank check" commission. The 12,000 square foot home has 3 main levels and 16 varying levels. It has the largest collection of site-specific original Wright art glass and furniture. It was built in 1902 for forward thinking socialite, Susan Lawrence Dana.
Springfield has a number of Roadside Oddities and we had great fun finding them.
Of course there were some of Abe. A young Abe greets you at the entrance to the State Fairgrounds.
There is also a very tall Abe Totem Pole and a pixel mural on the side of a building.
|A very casual Martin Luther King Jr |
at the Capital Building.
|A happy elephant|
|The Muffler Deer|
Till we meet again...
Happy Trails to You.
Tips and things we have learned along the way.
~ Keeping connected
While most campgrounds offer a free WiFi service, not all do, and not all WiFi is created equal. In a number of campgrounds you really need to be sitting in their office to get the WiFi to work!
We admit that we cannot go without WiFi. We do not watch TV, so the internet is our connection to the world, as well as friends and family.
The hotspot on our Apple phone was our go to last year, and while Verizon signal is pretty strong in most places there are a few spots where it is not and the hotspot doesn't always work.
This year we got a Verizon Jetpack and it works much better than the hotspot when we have less signal. So we can keep up with all that is happening in the world, and play a game or two!