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Old 09-23-2006, 09:29 AM
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If You Come to Springfield, Illinois to See the Lincoln Sites


A word of advice for those of you who may decide to come to beautiful Springfield, Illinois to see the Lincoln sites:

Many people come to town and head straight for the Lincoln Library. They dutifully follow their maps to 326 S 7th St, park their cars at the metered parking, see the big, impressive post-modern building right there next to the Municipal Center (lovely fountain, btw), and walk right into...... Springfield's public lending library.

It's a beautiful building (if 60's postmodernism is your thing). It's conveniently located downtown. It's a gem among urban libraries. But it's not what you're looking for. Just ask the librarian - every day she tells at least two dozen beleaguered and confused tourists that they're at Springfield's public lending library, and that the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum" (warning: Flash) is about a mile to their north.

Please keep this in mind when you come to town. The Lincoln Library and Museum are at 209 N 6th Street. They're both big, yellow sandstone buildings with big rotundas. You can't miss them. There's a parking garage about a block to your north, on the left-hand side of the street.

By the way, for my money, the best tourist site in Springfield is the somewhat-overlooked Dana-Thomas House, a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed mansion. Don't miss it!

And when you're hungry for supper, head over to D'Arcy's Pint for a breaded tenderloin horseshoe!
 

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