Becky’s spring break was coming up. We decided a getaway was in order, so we dragged out the atlas and imagined a circle with our house at the center. Springfield, Ill., fell within the circle’s area and was less that 300 miles away.
We have visited Lincoln’s birthplace in Kentucky as well as his boyhood home in Indiana, but as relatively close as it is, I had never been to Springfield. Becky hadn’t been there in years. We decided to make it a Springfield spring break.
From the city’s website and the ubiquitous brochures available to the myriad place names and historical sites connected to our 16th President, it is clear that Springfield realizes what a valuable tourist attraction it has in Mr. Lincoln. It was also obvious after listening and talking with the guides and people who live there that Springfield residents are genuinely proud of their Lincoln connection.