TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Springfield, Illinois, Home of President Abraham Lincoln

Published Date Author: , December 4th, 2011
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Springfield Old Capitol

Springfield is the Capital of the State of Illinois and also the resting place of our 16th President. It is located 100 miles North of St. Louis on Interstate 55.

Lincoln Museum, Springfield IllinoisThe Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library opened in downtown Springfield 6 years ago to huge crowds everyday. On weekends, tourists come from all over to visit and on weekdays, school children are bussed in so it is busy all the time. The Museum is in one building and the Library is directly across the street. We have visited several Presidential Museums and this is the finest one.

Lincoln Homre, Springfield, ILWhile downtown, visit Lincoln’s Springfield home as well as the old State House. Springfield is full of history and among the many things to see are the Vachel Lindsay Home which is the 1879 birthplace of the native Springfield poet/artist.

Also visit the Lincoln Depot where Lincoln departed his beloved city for the Presidency, the Executive Governor’s Mansion the Illinois State Capitol, the Lincoln-Herndon Law Office where Lincoln practiced law from 1842 to 1852 and the Dana-Thomas House which is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s finest prairie style homes.

Lincoln Statue, SpringfieldOne would think that it was built in the 1950’s or 60’s but it was actually built between 1902 and 1904. It has 15 rooms and is spread out over a half block area.

Other places to visit are the Illinois Fire Museum, Illinois State Museum, Illinois State Military Museum, Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation Museum and Edwards Place which is a beautifully preserved Italianate Mansion which was built in 1833 and is now part of the Springfield Art Association.

Lincoln's Tomb, Springfield, IllonoisNot tired of walking yet? Then visit the Air Combat Museum, the Lawrence Memorial Library, the World War Illinois Veterans Memorial, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War Museum, Grand Army of the Republic memorial Museum and of course no visit to Springfield would be complete without going to the Lincoln Tomb which is located in the Oak Ridge Cemetery just North of downtown.

It will take you several days just to visit everything in Springfield so if you have only a couple of days, be sure and check out everything online ahead of time to see which ones are on your major “must see” items.

Rippon-Kinsella B&B, Springfield, ILWhen staying in Springfield, we very highly suggest that you stay at the Rippon-Kinsella House Bed and Breakfast. Owners Roger Schlmitz and Dave Rinenour own this marvelous huge estate on the North side of the city and within walking distance to the Oak Ridge Cemetery where you can visit Lincoln’s tomb.

Their home is decorated with marvelous antiques and both Roger and Dave are excellent hosts. They serve a wonderful home cooked breakfast every morning for their guests. Their website is: www.ripponkinsella.com. This is one of the finest B & B’s in Illinois.

For fine dining, we highly suggest Maldaner’s Restaurant right downtown, www.maldaners.com. We had their Beef Wellington which was the finest that we have ever had. We were fortunate in having a perfect server, Brett. At the table next to us while we were dining were Prince Matthew and Princess Maria and we had a wonderful time chatting with them.

There are two great Godfather’s Pizza restaurants in Springfield that make the best pizza in the entire city, www.mikeandjohnsworld.net. Owners Mike and John own several Godfather’s restaurants in and around the Springfield area. We have eaten Godfather’s pizza from coast to coast and by far, this is THE Best!

Springfield is famous for their “horseshoe sandwiches” which is bread, topped with French fries, and your choice of beef, turkey or chicken and then a nice blended cheese sauce on top. Although it is called a sandwich you have to eat it with a fork. Our two favorite places to have one are Norb Andy’s right downtown and be sure and have Rick wait on you or stop by Darci’s Pint for one of their horseshoes.

By the way, there is a no smoking policy in bars and restaurants in the entire State of Illinois (the 19th State to have a no-smoking policy).

We found this fabulous card and gift shop called “The Cardologist” downtown at 226t South 6th St. and is owned by a great guy, Doug Mayo. Be sure and check it out.

Shopping? Sight-seeing, dining, nightlife? Springfield has it all and more! The historical things to see and do in Springfield are really mind boggling. Just the “Lincoln’ factor alone makes it all worthwhile.

We wish to give a THANK YOU to Jeff Berg at the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for his professionalism and kindness to us during our stay in Springfield. And a VERY SPECIAL Thank You to one of the finest and most beloved ladies in the city, Estella Booth. She is a real precious jewel!

Before going to Springfield, be sure and check out www.visit-springfieldillinois.com and www.alplm.org/home.html for the Lincoln Museum.

Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married). Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

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Visiting places like this is great experience to be able to visualize again how the past offered a lot for the people of today.

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