Last weekend, the Stefanec siblings did a fly and road trip to the town in which we grew up. Brother and sisters came together from California, New Hampshire, Florida, and Wisconsin for a three-day weekend. Our brother had his high school reunion, and the rest of us decided it was a perfect time for a get-together in our hometown.
Going home again can be both a nostalgic and an eye-opening experience. Besides all the belly laughs we shared, we revisited the nooks and crannies of the town that were a very important part of our formative years. “Humor Me” as I share what we saw.
Welcome to Lincoln, Illinois!
It was the first town to be named for Abraham Lincoln before he became famous. On August 27, 1853, Lincoln christened the town with watermelon juice. Sweet!
This replica of the original Postville Courthouse can be found on Fifth Street in Lincoln. It’s the place where Lincoln tried cases while he traveled the Eighth Judicial Circuit in Central Illinois.
Across the street from the courthouse is the well which was used by Lincoln when court was in session. Well, isn’t that refreshing!
Near the grade school, all of the Stefanecs attended is this plaque that commemorates a Stephen A. Douglas Speech.
Statues of Lincoln can be found all around the town.
At Lincoln College
At the Lincoln Heritage Museum
At the Town Square with my sister
Along Historic Route 66
Did you know Lincoln split rails and the local high school nickname is the Lincoln Railers?
Notice the telephone booth on top of City Hall. It was placed there before new weather technology came along. When there was threatening weather, a spotter was sent up there to watch for tornadoes and call downstairs for someone to activate the siren. That just blows me away!
A Little Nostalgia for the Stefanecs
Our Grade School
Our Favorite Pizza Place
The Old Lincoln Theater – the only one in town!
The Logan County Courthouse and Town Square
The nostalgic part of our trip was being with our family, seeing old friends, and reminiscing. The eye-opening part, which was heartbreaking to see, was realizing the once thriving community we used to live in was not the same as it once was. Streets were devoid of cars and people. Stores were shuttered, and jobs are harder to find. Many of the people we grew up with have left. It’s a sad but true sign of the times for some small towns. Lincoln will always have a special place in my heart, and I’m happy to have lived there when I did!
If your family is interested in learning more about Abraham Lincoln, check out this site for The 10 Best Children’s Books on Abraham Lincoln.