Lincoln's Presidential Library & Museum
There is so much to see regarding President Lincoln in Springfield, they have done a great job with the Lincoln Library. I’m not going to get political here, I promised Kim no-politics on this trip! When you get a chance go back and read the last paragraph of Lincoln’s second inauguration speech, we could use this sentiment today! I think politics were even worse back then, the newspapers were brutal to Lincoln. After seeing this library, I may want to see see all of them. This was a real highlight…really well done!
This museum is worth your time, and so is the house tour. I have a picture of Kim walking up the stairs inside the house, holding the same railing that Lincoln and his family held, pretty amazing. Eighty to ninety percent of the home is original, so that’s pretty cool!
LINCOLN’S HOME FOR 17 YEARS BEFORE LEAVING FOR WASHINGTON D.C. TO BE OUR 16th PRESIDENT.
To wrap up our trip in Springfield, we drove out to the cemetery and paid our respects at Lincoln’s tomb. It is quite the edifice, three of his sons are buried there with him and Mary. His oldest son Robert is buried at Arlington National. Just a side note, after the death of Lincoln, his mother was so distraught, Robert had her committed to an insane asylum. Sad ending to her time as First lady, however she did recover.
Land of Corn Fields
Along our drive we passed fields after fields of corn, as far as the eye could see. It is harvest time, and they were working the fields late into the night, rain was coming and they wanted to get the crop harvested.
ONE OF THE MANY ICONIC DINERS
On the drive to Joplin, we stopped and had lunch at the Ariston café, a Route 66 institution opened back in 1924, and the food was worth the stop.
St. Louis GATEWAY TO THE WEST
We then drove to St. Louis to see the Arch again (we have been here before), the Gateway to the West! (some of our Pittsburgh friends would argue this point).
We also made a side trip to Ted Drewes Frozen Custard. Any ice cream store that can stay in business since 1924, has to be good, and it exceeded expectations! Naturally I ate a small and Kim, well her secret is safe with me.
ANOTHER ROADSIDE ATTRACTION
After a few more hours of driving and one last stop to see the world’s biggest rocking chair in Fanning, MO, we called it an evening.