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Illinois Heritage Tourism: The Land of Lincoln and more
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...
Illinois: Land of Lincoln links for your use
- Illinois on Wikipedia
Your basic background information on the whole state of Illinois with much great information as well as links to other useful sites. Always a great place to start... I certainly do.
- Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area on Wikipedia
This Wikipedia site provides general information about this particular NHA. It includes links to many of the sites, as well.
- National Heritage Areas at the National Park Service website
This is the official information site for National Heritage Areas on the National Park Service website. It includes a map where you can click on an NHA as well as a list of all 49.
- Looking For Lincoln - Home
The latest and most accurate information available on the NHA. Always check here first, as you plan your visit to any of the sites.
Land of Lincoln on Amazon
Have you visited the Land of Lincoln? - Tell us which sites you have visited... ;-)
Have you visited the Land of Lincoln?
Abraham Lincoln on Amazon
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, near Charleston, Illinois
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 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.
Three sectional links for Illinois - Also, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
- Central Illinois on Wikipedia
Get some some history, see the highways, understand Central Illinois better at this website.
- Northern Illinois on Wikipedia
Chicago, Rockford, and the Quad Cities dominate Northern Illinois. This site will tell you more, however.
- Southern Illinois on Wikipedia
Southern Illinois is sometimes called "Little Egypt" with Cairo on the Mississippi River. Southern Illinois even has a distinctive area code, 618, it is so different from the rest of the state, it is said. Read why, here.
- University of Illinois on Wikipedia
Useful information on the nearby University of Illinois, in Central Illinois.