Prairie Mills Windmill, Illinois: One of the Few Remaining Dutch-Style Smock Windmills

    6/04/16 •

    Here in Golden, Illinois, we’re very proud of our Prairie Mills Windmill. Built in 1872, this 92-foot-tall landmark is one of only four Dutch-style smock windmills left in Illinois. It operated until the 1930s and was recently restored to working condition by the Golden Historical Society. I’m sure the original wooden gears and huge millstones,…

    Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, Illinois: 16 People Once Lived Here!

    10/27/22 •

    Anyone interested in Abraham Lincoln would enjoy a stop at the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site in east-central Illinois. The 86-acre site includes a replica of the two-room cabin where Lincoln’s father, Thomas, and his stepmother, Sarah Bush Lincoln, lived from 1840 until their deaths in 1851 and 1869, respectively. It was pretty hard…

    Bishop Hill in Illinois: A Historic Landmark With Over 12 Buildings From the 1800s

    2/24/15 •

    I first visited tiny Bishop Hill, nestled in the heart of northwestern Illinois farmland, about 35 years ago. Totally charmed by its story, historic buildings and quaint shops, I eventually moved here. Swedish immigrants seeking religious freedom walked here — 160 miles — from Chicago in fall 1846. Along with more than 1,000 Swedes who…

    Chinchilla Breeders (33)

    12/12/20 •

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    U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championships in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

    5/21/21 •

    …and a fireworks display. Yes, it can be cold. But the passion and creativity of the artists is sure to warm your heart. Fast Facts Lake Geneva is where State Highway 50 meets U.S. Highway 12 in southeastern Wisconsin, about 45 miles southwest of Milwaukee and 9 miles north of the Illinois state line. Winterfest…

    National Road-Zane Grey Museum in Norwich, Ohio

    10/02/19 •

    The National Road-Zane Grey Museum in Norwich is well worth a stop if you’re in east-central Ohio. In the early 1800s, the 600-mile National Road (now U.S. Highway 40) was the granddaddy of federal highways; it stretched between Cumberland, Maryland and Vandalia, Illinois and was the only thoroughfare that linked the eastern United States to…

    Clark County Mule Festival in Missouri: Mule Polo Does Indeed Exist

    8/02/18 •

    …is where U.S. Highway 136 meets State Highway 81 in far northeastern Missouri, about 16 miles west of the Illinois state line. Held at the fairgrounds on Business Route EE just outside of town, the festival takes place the third full weekend in September (September 16-18 in 2005). For details, call Becki Krueger at 1-660-727-3295….

    Hankering for a Chicago Style Hot Dog

    2/29/20 •

    …They have 14 restaurants in Illinois. Chubby Wieners They’ve dubbed themselves the “greatest hot dog stand the world has ever known.” The Fourkas brothers got their idea in 2005 to combine the freshest ingredients with great quality and taste and then name it after their uncle “Chubby.” Fluky’s Opening in 1929 on Maxwell…