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MY Garage Museum, Retail Store & Install Center – Effingham, IL

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MY Garage Museum, Retail Store & Install Center - Effingham, IL Visit the MY Garage Museum today to see like-new classics, movie cars, race winners and one-of-a-kinds. Models, motors and memorabilia round out the collection for an unforgettable … [Read more...]

Children’s Museum of Illinois – Decatur, Illinois

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Children's Museum of Illinois - Decatur, Illinois A great place to take kids who thirst for fun and knowledge, the Children's Museum of Illinois presents hands-on exhibits that explore science, world cultures, art and everyday living. In "Johnston's … [Read more...]

LaSalle Canal Boat – LaSalle, Illinois

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LaSalle Canal Boat - LaSalle, Illinois Lock 16 Center, in downtown LaSalle, is 3 miles from Interstates 80 and 39 and easy to find. Lock 16 includes a visitor center, gift shop, café, and public restrooms housed in a 1910 carriage shop. The Lock 16 … [Read more...]

Lincoln Heritage Museum – Lincoln, Illinois

Lincoln Heritage Museum

Being the only college to have the name of Lincoln from the time he was alive this college has worked to provide a quality display of Lincoln artifacts and other displays to showcases of the rich local and college history, to a significant Presidential … [Read more...]

Rock Springs Conservation Area

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Rock Springs History: The Rock Spring Water Company and Bottling Plant In 1907, Charles M. Parker bought the 80-acre "Rock Spring Farm", which contained the spring. Parker began to make plans to start a business called the Rock Spring Water Company at … [Read more...]

Governor Ogelsby Mansion – Decatur, Illinois

Governor Ogelsby Mansion

The Governor Oglesby Mansion is an 1870s Italianate style home of 3-time Illinois Governor, U.S. Senator and Civil War General Richard J. Oglesby. The mansion is located at 421 W. William St in Decatur, IL. The mansion will be open for tours every … [Read more...]

Hieronymus Mueller Museum – Decatur, Illinois

Hieronymus Mueller Museum

Immigrant Hieronymus Mueller was born in Wertheim, Germany in 1832. Political unrest caused him to immigrate to the United States around 1850. He found work in gun and machine shops in Freeport, Illinois and married Frederica Bernhardt, a Prussian … [Read more...]

Scovill Zoo – Decatur, Illinois

Take a walk on the wild side at Decatur’s Scovill Zoo, on the banks of scenic Lake Decatur. Scovill is an AZA-accredited zoo. The zoo has more than 100 species of animals, birds and reptiles. Be sure to check out the North American Timberwolves, the South … [Read more...]

Amish Country of Central Illinois – Arcola, Arthur, Tuscola, Sullivan, Illinois

Amish Country of Central Illinois - Arcola, Arthur, Tuscola, Sullivan, Illinois Amish Country of Central Illinois – Arcola, Arthur, Tuscola, Sullivan, Illinois The Amish families came to central Illinois in 1865.  They had become dissatisfied with … [Read more...]

Lake Shelbyville – Decatur, Illinois

Lake Shelbyville - Decatur, Illinois The lake has great boating, a marina, some of the best hunting in the region and a great place to study nature.  Check out this on 6000 acres of mixed habitat from forests to swamplands.   All of it is … [Read more...]