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Hot Weather and Hot Rods in Downtown Springfield, Illinois!

Hi All!
A Very, Very Hot day here is the capital city of Illinois! Still we are curious about the city and the Route 66 festival so layered in sunscreen and strapped with water like a camel, we venture out!

Route 66 Fest Downtown Springfield, Illinois photos

Ok, so this is the Lincoln Library but I am getting conflicting information if it is THE Lincoln Presidential Library. What I do know is, that it is 200,000 square feet including an archive, Lincoln Museum and I am guessing a ton of books (actually 12 million!) Some feature items are the originals of the Gettysburg Address and The Emancipation Proclamation plus Lincoln’s Presidental briefcase. There is a statue of Abe right outside too so I am reasonably sure this is the place! (Update:not the Presidential Library after all…sorry)

Route 66 Fest Downtown Springfield, Illinois photos

This is the only house Abe Lincoln ever owned! He and his wife, Mary Todd, purchased the home in 1844 and resided there until Mr. Lincoln added President to his name in 1861! Pearl is wondering if they had a dog…and yes they did and his name was Fido!

Route 66 Fest Downtown Springfield, Illinois photos

This was a wagon that the soon to be , President Elect Lincoln, traveled in during the election festivities…from the photos, he was standing up and out of the top of the wagon!

Route 66 Fest Downtown Springfield, Illinois photos

The city of Springfield has done a fantastic job if preserving the entire surrounding neighborhood surrounding the Lincoln home. Each house, lovingingly restored with details as to which neighbor lived where and what their relationship was to the Lincoln family.

Route 66 Fest Downtown Springfield, Illinois photos

On to the festival and capital!

Route 66 Fest Downtown Springfield, Illinois photos

Lots of hot rods and classic cars! And then this one….

Route 66 Fest Downtown Springfield, Illinois photos

Pearl and I love this old beach cruiser! We can totally see ourselves riding to the shores for some quality dog swimming in this awesome oldie!

Not too much in the way of Route 66 stuff or even food which was a bit of a disappointment. Mostly just car enthusiasts showing off their “babies”.
**I am hoping some of you are at the Big E this weekend eating, drinking and shopping your bellies wide! So jealous!

 

Route 66 Fest Downtown Springfield, Illinois photos

The Capitol is lovely too! A familiar sight out in front, of course. The 6th Capitol to be build since Illinois became a state in 1818. This building was completed in 1888 after 20 long years of work.
The dome is covered in zinc and does not weather! Cool.

Route 66 Fest Downtown Springfield, Illinois photos

Besides the oppressive heat, it was a fine day! This photo pretty well sums it up…we just need a to see Abe riding by in a cool, old convertible and we are postcard perfect!

Mystery adventure tomorrow but if I had to guess, Lincoln will be involved somehow.

Stay tuned…
Xxoo

-Heidi

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