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Springfield is the third and current capital of the US state of Illinois.

The alleged first U.S. drive-thru window is still in operation in Springfield at the Maid-Rite Sandwich Shop. The city is also known for its chili, or “chilli”, as it is known in many chili shops throughout Sangamon County. The unique spelling is said to have begun with the founder of the Dew Chilli Parlor in 1909, due to a spelling error in the chili parlor’s sign. Another interpretation is that the misspelling represented the “Ill” in the word Illinois. In 1993 the Illinois state legislature adopted a resolution proclaiming Springfield the “Chilli Capital of the Civilized World.”

The city of Springfield is dotted with sites centered around U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, who started his political career in Springfield. These include: the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, a National Historical Park that includes the preserved surrounding neighborhood, the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices State Historic Site, the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site, the Old State Capitol State Historic Site, the Lincoln Depot from which Abraham Lincoln departed Springfield to be inaugurated in Washington D.C., the Elijah Iles House, Edwards Place and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Near the village of Petersburg, is New Salem State Park, a restored hamlet of log cabins, recreating the town where Lincoln lived as a young man. With the opening of the Presidential Library and Museum in 2004, the city has seen a number of prominent visitors, including President George W. Bush, actor Liam Neeson, and the Emir of Qatar.
Old State Capitol State Historic Site

The Donner Party, a group of pioneers who resorted to cannibalism while snowbound in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, began their journey in Springfield. Springfield's Dana-Thomas House is among the best preserved and most complete of Frank Lloyd Wright's early "Prairie" houses. It was built in 1902–1904 and has many of the furnishings Wright designed for it. Springfield's Washington Park is home to Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon and the site of an annual carillon festival, held since 1962. In August, the city is the site of the Illinois State Fair.

Although not born in Springfield, Abraham Lincoln is the city's most famous resident. He lived there for 24 years. The only home he ever owned is open to the public, seven days a week, free of charge, and operated by the National Park Service.

 

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Star for Vacation Rentals Market Street Inn - Springfield The Market Street Inn in Taylorville, Illinois is a lovingly cared-for Queen Anne Victorian home of 1892 vintage, which was developed into a bed & breakfast inn in 1994. Constantly undergoing careful renovations and updates, this 6, 000-square foot home features 8 guestrooms, each with a private bath. Check out the website

Phone: (217) 824-7220  Price Range: $76 - $150   Size: 6 - 19 Units   Open Season: N/A
Kids Allowed: Yes   Pets Allowed: No   Restaurant Onsite: Yes   Conference Facility: No
Nearest Popular City: Springfield   Nearest Lake/River: N/A   Languages: English   Lodging Types: Bed and Breakfasts   Activities: Biking or Bicycling, Golfing, Shopping

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