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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.

Drove over to Springfield, Illinois to take in all of the Abraham Lincoln sites, including the family home, plus the state capitol building.