Travel on the Side

Monthly Archives: April 2010

Galesburg, Illinois, a railroad town, is home to Knox College, one of the sites of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. It’s also the birthplace of poet Carl Sandburg. I found some great vintage signs and interesting architecture.

Making my way from Effingham, Illinois to Peoria, Illinois, I drove the “long” way and passed through the towns of Vandalia and Hillsboro. Vandalia served as the state capital of Illinois from 1819-1839. Interestingly, Abraham Lincoln, then a state legislator, argued for a move of the capital to Springfield. Walking some of the streets I came across an abandoned theater–sad to see. Hillsboro features a nice courthouse square with a Lincoln statue.

Get your kicks on Route 66. The mother road – Historic Route 66, originally ran from Chicago to Santa Monica, California. On a daytrip, I drove parts of it in the small central Illinois towns of Atlanta, Lincoln, and Litchfield. Atlanta has a cute main street with a large statue of man holding a hot dog who keeps his eyes on things. In Litchfield, you can pop in to the Ariston Cafe,… Read More

I’m visiting family in the Auburn, Indiana area. It’s classic small town America: a nice courthouse square, family-run businesses, and a nice public library.

Classic car enthusiasts need to visit the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum in Auburn, Indiana. Home to the Auburn Automobile Company, the building houses many cars from Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg models.