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       WEEKEND GETAWAYS - Friday, June 6, 2008
    Make The Most Of Your Vacation - From Coast to Coast!

Greetings Getaway Lover,

Now that the kids will soon be out of school here's a
way for you to keep the learning even while out of 

So here we go off to a relaxing and educational weekend 
with the kids. Learning CAN be FUN......

           A Brief Sketch of Springfield, Illinois

This pioneer settlement started in 1820 when John Kelly 
built the first cabin at the northwest corner of Second 
and Jefferson Streets. Others came from North Carolina, 
Virginia and Kentucky to take advantage of the area’s 
fertile soil and trading opportunities. 

Originally named Calhoun after Senator John C. Calhoun 
of South Carolina, the town received its permanent name 
in 1832 after the senator fell from public favor. 

A young lawyer named Abraham Lincoln came to make the 
frontier town his home in 1837. In the same year, the 
state capital was moved from Vandalia to Springfield 
through the legislative efforts of Lincoln and eight 
friends known as the "Long Nine" (so called because 
their aggregate height was 54 feet). 

The Civil War brought mixed blessings to Springfield. 
The war took men to fight, but returned many economic 
benefits in the form of new industries and businesses. 
The growing railroads made Springfield an important 
link in the state railway system. By 1900, coal mining 
was a major occupation along with politics and farming. 

Happy Trails,

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--DESTINATION: Springfield, Illinois

Today, Springfield, as the state capital, has a well-
developed economic base. It is the headquarters for 
several nationally known insurance companies, as well 
as 125 other state, regional and national associations. 
The community is recognized as a leader in the fields 
of health care, services andeducation. Principal 
products include metalfabricators, livestock and poultry 
feeds, space age electronics, flour and cereal products, 
soybean and corn production. 

Among the over 30 Springfields in the United States, 
this city is certainly unique. Only Springfield, 
Illinois was the home of one of the most beloved his-
toric figures in the world. As Mr. Lincoln’s Hometown, 
we host visitors from all over the United States.

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The legacy of America’s greatest statesman, Abraham Lincoln, 
can be traced to Springfield, Illinois…the city he loved and 
proudly called his home. As you walk through the streets of 
historic Springfield, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped 
back in time…and are experiencing Springfield as Lincoln 
knew it. 

Other Lincoln Historic Sites

Springfield is a rich tapestry of Lincoln’s life…from the 
young pioneer boy who settled in New Salem village…to the 
only home he ever owned…and his final resting place at Oak 
Ridge Cemetery. Walk where he walked and experience nearly 
30 years of Lincoln’s life in Springfield, Illinois. 
Springfield’s Lincoln historic sites include: 

New Salem – Timber houses, shops and stores now comprise 
this reconstructed historic village where costumed inter-
preters bring to life the people who lived and worked here 
during Lincoln’s six-year stay. (More) Lincoln Home 
National Historic Site – Explore this national treasure. 
Amidst the four-block historic neighborhood rests the 
place Lincoln and his family called home for seventeen 

Lincoln-Herndon Law Office – From 1843 to 1852, Lincoln 
practiced law here with his two partners in the offices 
above Seth Tinsley’s dry goods store. This is the only 
surviving structure in which Lincoln maintained working 
law offices.

Old State Capitol – “A house divided against itself can-
not stand…” These immortal words were spoken by Abraham 
Lincoln in the historic Old State Capitol Hall of 
Representatives in the turbulent days preceding the Civil 

Lincoln Tomb – This exquisite monument, designed by famed 
sculptor Larkin Mead, marks the final resting place of 
Abraham, Mary Todd, Tad, Eddie and Willie Lincoln. 

Other Places of Interest:

Lincoln Depot – “To this place…and these people…I owe 
everything.” Lincoln spoke these heartfelt words as he 
departed his beloved Springfield for an uncertain future 
in Washington, D.C. as the 16th president of the United 

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum – With a 
unique combination of showmanship and scholarship…the 
Presidential Library and Museum uses 21st century 
technology to immerse visitors in the world of Abraham 

“Here I Have Lived” – View over 30 outdoor interpretive 
exhibits placed throughout the historic downtown area to 
experience Springfield, Illinois as Abraham Lincoln knew 
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Branson House Bed and Breakfast  
324 W. Jackson Street
Petersburg IL62675

Area: Northwest
Phone: 217-632-2596  
Enjoy your nights stay in a beautiful 1876 Victorian 
Bed & Breakfast located in Historic Petersburg, Illinois 
near Lincoln's New Salem State Park, and just 25 minutes 
from Springfield.
Email: more-info@bransonhousebnb.com  
The Hidden Cottage Bed and Breakfast Bungalow  

2209 E. Reservoir

Area: Northeast
Phone: (217) 789-6018 
The comforts of your own home nestled in a residential 
area of the city’s northeast side. The Cottage includes 
a living room, bedroom, bath and sunroom with a six-
person Jacuzzi. Accommodates six, has cable television, 
VCR and videos. A continental breakfast is available in 
the fully equipped kitchen at your convenience. No pets. 
Children over seven welcome. Smoking permitted on the 
Springfield Sleep Inn  

3470 Freedom Dr.

Area: Southwest
Phone: (217) 787-6200 or (800) 221-2222  
Free deluxe continental breakfast, free local calls, 
free wireless internet access, cable TV, restaurants 
and shopping within walking distance. 

Rooms: 62

Internet Access 
Cable TV 
Continental Breakfast 
Handicap Accessible 
Pets Accepted 
Discounts Available 

Garden of Eatin'  
  115 N. 6th St.

Area: Downtown
Phone: 217-544-5446
Hours: M-Sat 

Cuisines Available 
Soup & Sandwich 

Restaurant Details
Accepts Credit Cards 
Lunch Served 
Entree Prices 
Under $7 
Ryan's Family Steak House  

2730 N. Dirksen Pkwy.

Area: Northeast
Phone: 217-789-7684
Hours: 7 days 

Cuisines Available 

Restaurant Details 
Accepts Credit Cards 
Lunch Served 
Dinner Served 
Entree Prices 
Under $7 
$7 to $15   


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