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Illinois State MapIllinois is the fifth-most populous state of the United States of America, and is often noted for being a microcosm of the entire country. As the "most average state", Illinois has long had a reputation as a bellwether both in social and cultural terms and politics.

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Authentic Dutch Windmill

Fulton's authentic Dutch windmill, "De Immigrant", was prefabricated in the Netherlands and erected by Dutch craftsmen. The windmill sits on the flood control dike right in the heart of the city. The windmill is fully operational. The entire head (or cap)

Fulton, IL Historic Buildings

Metamora Courthouse

Built in 1845, this building served as the center of county government until the county seat was moved to Eureka in 1896. It is one of the two surviving courthouses on the historic 8th Judicial Circuit traveled by Abraham Lincoln.

Metamora, IL Historic Courthouses

Hume-Carnegie Museum

The Mendota Museum & Historical Society's Mission is to promote the preservation of the history of Mendota, its railroads and recognizing agricultural heritage through three museums, the Breaking the Prairie Museum, the Hume-Carnegie Museum, and the Union Depot Railroad Museum.

Mendota, IL Museums

National Great Rivers Museum

This 12,000 square foot facility located on the banks of the Mississippi River is dedicated to telling the story of the river. The museum features more than 20 exhibits and displays, many of which are highly interactive and computer-animated. Known as the "Father of Waters"

Alton, IL Discovery Centers

Lovejoy Memorial

The Lovejoy State Memorial of granite and bronze commemorates abolitionist newspaper editor, Elijah P. Lovejoy, who was killed by a mob while defending his printing press at Alton on November 7, 1837. Lovejoy'

Alton, IL Memorials

Historic Pleasant Home

Explore the opulent 30-room mansion designed by prominent Prarie School architect, Geroge H. Maher. Located on the second floor of Pleasant Home, the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest Museum includes a period bedroom, children'

Oak Park, IL Historic Homes

Chester Gould - Dick Tracy Museum

The Chester Gould - Dick Tracy Museum, a non-for-profit organization, was established to display, promote and honor the work and life of Chester Gould, creator of the "Dick Tracy" comic strip, who resided for fifty years in Woodstock, Illinois. The Museum is housed in Woodstock'

Woodstock, IL Museums

Carlyle Lake Hunting

Carlyle Lake is known as one of the top waterfowl hunting areas in the state. From November - January, there is a contolled Pheasant hunt at Eldon Hazlet State Park. The park has more than 50

, IL Hunting

Dennis Hanks Gravesite

Discover the grave marker of Abraham Lincoln's "tutor," Dennis Friend Hanks (the grave is located on the southeast corner of Old City Cemetery)

Charleston, IL Cemeteries

Illinois State Museum

The Illinois State Museum houses permanent and changing exhibits on Illinois's land, life, people and art, and a hands on children's discovery room. The museum store contains high quality crafts created by Illinois artisans.

Springfield, IL Museums

Stephenson County Historical Society Museum

This lovely museum is housed in an Italianate home built by Oscar and Malvina Taylor in 1857. The Taylor home was the social center of Freeport in its time and is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Freeport, IL Museums

Carlyle Lake Hiking

More than 9 miles of trails are available to hikers at Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area. The 3-mile Cherokee Trail has three separate loops that pass through a mature oak-hickory forest over gently rolling terrain, offering great views of the lake. The Pawnee Trail is a 1

, IL Trails