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Illinois Potpourri


Illinois Trip – Interesting Sights

4-21, 22, 23 – 2014

The destinations on our trip were interesting. Sometimes though, something caught our eye ON THE WAY to each place.  As we got near Chicago, I got a great view of O’Hare Airport from the car window. O'Hare Airport The towns are so close together that usually the best way you know you are passing through another town is the water tower. Here are just a few of them.

Illinois Water tower Collage

Waiting at a stoplight was a car repair shop, with 1/2 a car attached to the wall of the building. :/

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The community of Fox Lake was of enough interest to stop for at least 1/2 hour.  They have a Dog and Suds drive-thru, I have been to those in the past near Park Forest.  Near there was also the Fox Lake-Grant Township Area Historical Society and the volunteer fire department.

Dog and Suds Fox Lake Illinois

Fox Lake Historic Society

Fox Lake Fire Memorial

In Mattawa is the historic Adlai Stevenson house. Part of  I-55 is named after him in Chicago.

 

Near Park Forest in University Park, there was a large art display, too large to see the whole thing. It’s the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at Governor State University.

University Park sign

Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park

Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park 2

There is more to Illinois than meets the eye.

 

 

Pardeeville – City of Lakes


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Pardeeville is located in Columbia County, three miles north of Wyocena and home of their famous Watermelon Festival.  The village was founded by Yates Ashley and John S. Pardee. It was incorporated as a village in 1899. The village has two large lakes, Spring and Park Lake, so plenty of water recreation.

Pardeeville Sign

The downtown has several historic buildings and even a water tower like the one in Oregon

Pardeeville water tower

Here is a mural.

Pardeeville mural

One of their most impressive structures is the Angie Williams Cox Library. These plaques are affixed to the outside of the building.  It also has a beautiful courtyard and clock to mind your time while you read your book!

Angie Williams Cox Library

Angie Williams Cox library historic marker

Angie Cox plaque

Angie Cox Library courtyard

Another historic building is the former Belmont Hotel, now the Myrtle Lintner museum.

Myrtle Lintner Spear Museum

Pardeeville Water Sports will help you make the most of your visit enjoying the lakes. If you like camping,  Indian Trails Campground has lots of activities.

Pardeeville Watersports

If you are hungry, the On the Way Cafe has delicious food.

On the Way Cafe in Pardeeville

Labor Day weekend the popular Car and Truck show takes place.  The next Saturday after that is the Watermelon Festival.

Stop by Pardeeville, it’s a fun place with plenty of things to do!