Good Neighbors?


What does a town do with two of its “citizens” that nobody really wants next door? Why, you put them together on the outskirts of town. In this small Southeastern Illinois town, that’s exactly what they did with the refinery keeping company with the local cemetery. No doubt the cemetery was first, and just as no doubt, its residents didn’t complain decades ago when the refinery came to town.


Sittin’ With Abe


Vandalia, Illinois, doesn’t normally register as a center of historical significance. But, as it turns out, it is a significant place in the career of one Abraham Lincoln. Vandalia is where Honest Abe began his political career in the 1830s, and the rest, as they say, is history. The shot of above is the local “must shoot photo-op” with the old state capital in the background. This bronze statue of Lincoln sitting and reading, dedicated in 2001, is probably the most famous citizen of this once-significant center of political influence.

You can go to sleep now knowing you’ve learned something new about ‘ol Abe. I’ve performed my patriotic bit for the day…