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You Can Never Be Bored in a City Full of Presidential Parks!

Hi All,
Celebrating a gorgeous, clear, 70 degree day here in the Land of Lincoln! The perfect kind of day!
A few items left on our Springfield checklist to cross off, so we ladies head out early so we can pack it all in….

Washington Park Botanical Garden, Springfield, Illinois photo

The Washington Park Botanical Gardens offers the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon. Carillons are typically a bell tower with at least 23 cast bronze bells designed to play a melody several times an hour. (FYI any less than 23 bells is considered a chime…who knew??!!) The Carillon is the second heaviest instrument in the world, second only to the most magnificent of pipe organs, found in large, typically historical churches.
In German, carillons are often called…..a Glockenspiel!

Washington Park Botanical Garden, Springfield, Illinois photo

We got a nice shot of spring in the Botanical Garden area of the park. We were surprised to still see the rose garden with so many blooms! Beautiful!

Washington Park Botanical Garden, Springfield, Illinois photo

The park has over 1200 species of plants!!!

Washington Park Botanical Garden, Springfield, Illinois photo

Hard to believe fall is coming….

Washington Park Botanical Garden, Springfield, Illinois photo

I like mushrooms. This cluster looks like a bouquet of buttons or Nilla Wafers depending on your mood!

Oak Ridge Cemetery, Lincoln Tomb, Springfield, Illinois photo

A surprise stop. According to the Internet this “attraction” is closed today but we were so close, I decided to do a drive by just in case. To our delight…open for visits!!!
In 1856, the city of Springfield forbade further burials in the city limits and this cemetery became the new home to many of the city’s distinguished residents!

Oak Ridge Cemetery, Lincoln Tomb, Springfield, Illinois photo

The Lincoln Tomb is clearly the most famous and the reason for our visit! The final resting place of our distinguished 16th President, wife Mary Todd and 3 of their 4 sons.

Oak Ridge Cemetery, Lincoln Tomb, Springfield, Illinois photo

Random comic relief shot….she is such a weird-o!

Oak Ridge Cemetery, Lincoln Tomb, Springfield, Illinois photo

Quite an impressive sight and really very lovely. This cemetery is the second most visited in the country…only behind Arlington Cemetery in Washington DC.

Oak Ridge Cemetery, Lincoln Tomb, Springfield, Illinois photo

The bronze sculpture is a reproduction of Lincoln on Mt. Rushmore! (Looks like Abe could use some sunscreen on his nose!)😛 Actually, it has been rubbed shiny by folks seeking good luck! I’m all for superstitions and found a penny on the ground today…it had a little more significance today after visiting all these wonderful tributes for President Lincoln!

Oak Ridge Cemetery, Lincoln Tomb, Springfield, Illinois photo

Dog Friendly too!!! We wonder if Fido is in there somewhere too!

South Wind Park, Sprinngfield, Illinois photo

Last Stop was Southwind Park. Not a Historic Landmark like our last few places but still a fantastic new park that is considered a “new model” for urban landscape to be shared by all residents and visitors alike! Nice job, I am sure Abe would have approved, we did too!

Moving on to Missouri tomorrow….very exciting. Stay Tuned…

Xxoo

-Heidi

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