| Lincoln Sites Tours -- Wednesday, Thursday and
To facilitate visiting the many local Lincoln sites, the convention will be offering
AC Tour bus tours for a nominal fee. Pre-registration is preferred because we only have
two trolley buses and Lincoln's Home is only able to accomondate a limited
number of visitors at a time. The Lincoln Sites tours will stop at the Springfield Lincoln sites, Home, Tomb, Old State Capital and
teh Great Western Depot.
The Lincoln Tour will leave the Host hotel, The Crowne Plaza, at 8:30 a.m. each morning. The first stop will be the Great Western Train Depot. The depot is currently privately owned but will be open for our tours. History lesson: the depot is the station where Abraham gave his “Farewell to Springfield” speech when he departed for Washington for his first term as President.
The next stop is Abraham Lincoln’s final resting place in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Lincoln’s Tomb. It is also the final resting place of his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, and three of their four children. Their oldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln, is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. If time permits, the tour bus will also pass the three war memorials on the other side of Oak Ridge Cemetery. They commemorate the Illinois lives lost in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. While visiting Lincoln’s Tomb, remember to rub Lincoln’s nose on the bust of Lincoln in front of the Tomb for good luck. No guarantees, however! The nose rub is a tradition that is older than our Corvairs.
After the visit to the Tomb, the group will be provided lunch as part of the tour package. The location and menu may vary but it will be home-style delicious and include tea, coffee or water.
After lunch – we head downtown to the Lincoln Home National Historic site, allowing a couple of hours to tour the home and neighborhood. From there, a short trip to the Illinois State Capitol is planned. With luck, you did rub Abe’s nose, right? The Old State Capitol, where Lincoln gave his "House Divided Speech" will be the capitol we get to tour. This building is located on the downtown square. Nearby is the under restoration Lincoln-Herndon Law Office. Currently, both historic sites are closed because of Illinois’ budget situation, but we are wishful that will change by the convention.
| Catepillar Visitor Center Tour - Peoria Illinois. Thursday.
This tour will also start at 8:30 am and travel to Peoria Illinios. A tour guide
is expected to ride along to provide commentary, entertainment along the route
as their is much to see if your are made aware. Caterpillar is the leading
manufacturer of construction and mining equipment in the world. The Center has
on exhibit many of Caterpillar’s products, including the CAT797F, a two story
tall dump trunk. The bus will leave the hotel at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, arriving
at the Caterpillar Visitors Center at 10:00 a.m. The tour package includes the
premium Visitor Center ticket, which will allow you to tour all the various
films and presentations that the Visitors Center offers.
Lunch will be on your own. Along the Peoria riverfront, the Illinois River, are several eateries that are within easy walking distance of the Visitors Center. These include, but are not limited to, Joe’s Crab Shack, Emack & Bolio’s Ice Cream Shop, Jimmy Johns (subway sandwiches), Hooters and many others. The Peoria Riverfront Art and Science Museum is next door to the Caterpillar Visitors Center and could fill the entire time allocation by itself. It should be open to those seeking additional things to see and do. The riverfront area is also home to numerous smaller shops and very interesting architecture that makes a riverside walk very enjoyable. Options, options, options. The tour bus will leave the Cat Visitors Center at 4:00 p.m. to get everyone back to the host hotel around 5:30 p.m. in time for dinner and attending the various convention meetings on Thursday evening
| An alternative driving “shopping” tour for the quilting and craft-minded
convention attendees is also in the works. Check the hospitality room for a sign up sheet
| Several options for self driving tours include following Historic Route 66, Other historic sites include the Dana Thomas house, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Clayville Historic Site which has a stage coach stop dating to the 1850s. The inn is the oldest brick building in the area. the Chatham Railroad museum, a small railroad museum on Route 66 which through special arrangements, will be open Thursday.
And don't forget a visit to the New Salem State Historic Site near Petersburg
Illinois. This is where Abe Lincoln first landed in Illinois serving as
surveyor, post master and partner in the local stote.
| Addtionally, About an hour’s drive east of Springfield is one of the CPF auxiliary museums - the Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum in Decatur, Illinois. Worth the visit if time permits. |
Historic Route 66 - original Brick road. The trolley tours are not expected to follow Route 66, but that does't mean you can't tour them on your own. The Economy Run is expected to travel on this brick road portion of Route 66.
Historic Route 66 road sign
Historic Route 66 - Shea’s Gas Station MAY be open again by the time the convention arrives. It is undergoing a change in ownership and some restoration work.
Lincoln Sites - Lincoln New Salem State Historic site. A recreation of the village where Abe Lincoln was Post Master and a co-owner of a store.
Lincoln Sites - Lincoln’s Tomb, final resting place for Abe, Mary, and four of their five sons.
Lincoln Sites - Illinois Old State Capitol, Abe gave his "House Divided Speech" in this building.
Lincoln Sites - Lincoln’s Home, the only home Lincoln owned.
And just for fun, an Illinois Corn Field.
|the Abraham Lincoln Stature in front of the current State Capital building|
|the Abraham Lincoln Presidental Musuem and Library is located at 6th and Jefferson in Sprinfield.It is an outstanding facility dedicated to his memory and the times he lived in. A must see. |
|The Union Station in Springfield and surrounding park. It is located across the street from the Presedential Museum. This is NOT the rail station which Lincoln gave his Springfeild Farewell Speech. That Great Western Rail Station still exists, the upstairs is a law office, at 10th and Monroe|
|Abraham Lincoln Neighborhood has been recreated as it appeared in the 1860s, including original houses.|
|Lincoln and herndon Law Office at the corner of 6th and Adams near the Old State Capital building|
|the Illinois Governors Mansion at 4th and Governor. It is currently being rehabituated after years of neglect.|