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Illinois Heritage Tourism: The Land of Lincoln and more

Updated on June 23, 2014

Let's focus on Central Illinois for this lens...

This lens is part of our Heritage Tourism series of states and will focus on Central Illinois as the Land of Lincoln, largely through looking at some of the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area (NHA) sites. NHAs typically include sites of historical, cultural, and natural significance, also the emphasis for our Heritage Tourism lenses.

Photos, links and stories are shared to encourage you to consider a visit to this fascinating region in the heartland of the country.

The lead image, below, is of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site courtesy of Wikimedia Commons at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Home_National...

Have you visited the Land of Lincoln? - Tell us which sites you have visited... ;-)

Have you visited the Land of Lincoln?

Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, near Charleston, Illinois

Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, near Charleston, Illinois
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, near Charleston, Illinois
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

This site documents the life of our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, as well as the Civil War that occurred during his time in the White House. Although I have visited the Lincoln home in Springfield, I have yet to visit this Library and Museum but hope to soon.

You can click on the photo to be taken to the Wikipedia site where this photo was shared by Wikimedia Commons.

Historic 1718 map of Illinois area
Historic 1718 map of Illinois area

Historic Central Illinois - a 1718 map to consider

Central Illinois has a rich history dating back, among other dates, to the visits by French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliett in 1673. In 1778, George Rogers Clark claimed Illinois for Virginia. See Wikipedia links, below, northern and southern Illinois as well as Central Illinois.

You may click on the map image to be taken to the Illinois Wikipedia page; image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, there.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @aesta1: Great! I appreciate your comment! ;-)

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love to visit this place.

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