riddlemay wrote:Did the state parks and museums listed in Cathy's 2008 post above eventually get saved? Or are they all gone now? I'm just catching up with this thread--and with the bad news--and the prospect of all those sites being gone horrifies me. I hope that's not how it played out.
In the spring of 1995, the Apple River Fort Historic Foundation set out to locate the Apple River Fort, which had been torn down in 1847, fifteen years after the Black Hawk attack. Local lore said the Fort was located on a hillside not far from Main Street Elizabeth. Uncertain, the Foundation hired an archeologist, whose initial inspection of the site turned up a variety of artifacts from the 1830's. Excavations revealed not only musket balls, a small cellar and a trash pit, but also, the fort's footprint, a 50 by 70 foot area, somewhat smaller than originally speculated.
happy_stomach wrote:skess wrote:delk wrote:Down the street from me....
As a Lincoln fan, this post intrigued me so I sought it out on Monday. Online information puts the plaque at 1238 W. Washington, but it seemed more like 1234. Fun to seek out, but made worth the trip by a visit to nearby Grazianos afterward for a sandwich and some groceries--my kind of a One-Two Punch.
Being a Lincoln fan, have you read Sarah Vowell's Assassination Vacation? I had a brief hospital stay this past summer, and a friend brought it for me to read and pass time. The topic seemed pretty morbid, particularly to be reading in a hospital bed, but the book was/is hilarious. From the chapter on President Garfield's assassination:Sarah Vowell wrote:No plaque marks the spot where Guiteau gunned down Garfield--zip.
I am pro-plaque. New York is lousy with them, and I love how spotting a plaque can jazz up even the most mundane errand. Once I stepped out of a deli on Third Avenue and turned the corner to learn I had just purchased gum near the former site of Peter Stuyvesant's pear tree. For a split second I had fallen through a trapdoor that dumped me out in New Amsterdam, where in 1647 the peg-legged Dutch governor planted a tree he brought over from Holland; until a fatal wagon accident, it bore fruit for more than two hundred years. To me, every plaque, no matter what words are inscribed on it, says the same magic informative thing: Something happened! The gum cost a dollar, but the story was free.
FIRST WHEAT CARGO
Near this site stood Newberry and Dole's warehouse on the Brig Osceola, in 1839, they shipped the first cargo of wheat from the Port of Chicago.
Erected by Chicago's Charter Jubilee
[Chicago Historical Society]
I was particularly interested in the bobcats as it helped me confirm that a bobcat is in fact what I saw in my backyard a few weeks ago.
razbry wrote:I was particularly interested in the bobcats as it helped me confirm that a bobcat is in fact what I saw in my backyard a few weeks ago.
jbw wrote:. . . which is, if course, the spot on the 5600 block of South Ellis where the wonderful Henry Moore statue commemorates the first self-sustaining, controlled nuclear reaction.
third coast foodie wrote:I do not believe beautiful Navoo has been mentioned. Almost beyond description you can see one of the worlds great gun museums and a musical representing teen peer pressure cast with spry 80 year olds on the bank of the Mississippi and among the oldest architecture in the state while drinking fresh made caffinated root beer by people who avoid caffine.
Along with the architectural river cruise it is my top tourist destination in the state.
RonJS wrote:jimswside wrote:
Gotta be up for a mile+ round trip hike as the site is in the middle of the Red Gate Woods Forest Preserve(currently closed for the winter). Here is an old access road leading to the site
Since Red Gate Woods FP is not closed, I am confident you mean that just it's parking lot is closed (for the winter)
Have you noticed yourself glowing in the dark since this visit?
Vital Information wrote:The other day, Blues Brothers was on TV. Of course it is a mixed movie, with certain aspects, the cartoon recoverys from rocket attacks, not holding up well, but it is an especially interesting archive of Chicago IMO. It seems to have been filmed at a cusp when old Chicago still existed, but would soon be gone. The els were the old els, the skid rows were the old skid rows, Maxwell Street was the real Maxwell Street (why change Nate's Deli into a soul food place though), Bigsby and Karuthers was haute fashion, Chez Paul was fine dinning.* I am glad the stuff got captured even if it means watching too many wrecked cars.
Twenty years ago, you could still dine at Hotel Florence. They would have a monthly Victorian meal.