In the years before he was president, Mr. Lincoln spent time in and
practiced as a lawyer in several Logan County communities. As the
first town named and christened by the man who would later become
America's most loved president, Lincoln, Ill., continues to invite
the world to come meet him.
The Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County has actively
been advertising so that visitors traveling to the Springfield
include Logan County in their stops. Abraham Lincoln wasn't just in
Springfield, director Celeste Rogers says. She hopes people will get
a more rounded view of the man and the times he lived in by visiting
the Logan County sites.
The Illinois Looking for Lincoln program guides tourists through
Logan County to special sites. Recommended sites to see include the
courthouses in Mount Pulaski and Lincoln, the Lincoln College
Museum, and the route heads west over to the stagecoach inn at
Middletown, the Dunlap House.
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Celeste Rogers, director of Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of
Logan County, reports that a new ad designed like a copper-colored
penny has been running for six months. It reads: "The adventure
begins here. Come see Lincoln as prairie lawyer. Come see Lincoln as
railsplitter. Come see Lincoln as surveyor."
Rogers received a report from the state office that tourist
inquiries about Logan County are up 1200 percent.
In addition to the surge of interest in Abraham Lincoln, the
bureau is pursuing two other avenues to boost tourism. An analysis
of the tourism calendar year shows that there are 111 days per year
of leisure travel and 255 days that business travelers work on.
Using that analysis and the recent landing of a Fortune 100
company, the tourism bureau has determined to set its sights for
2005 on attracting the business traveler. "Businesses are now
looking at Lincoln/Logan County as a growing economy and are more
eager to talk to us about bringing in other businesses," Rogers
Logan County is centrally located in the state and offers easy
access. With that we have graciously been offered by Lincoln
College, Lincoln Christian College, the Lincoln Recreation Center,
all kinds of places for people to go to enhance their conferences
and conventions, Rogers said. I'll custom-prepare arrangements and
tours to special interests -- for example, golfing -- so they will
enjoy their stay here, she said.
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Tourism bureau chairman Bob McCue said that there is a livestock
meeting scheduled, and kennel projects are in discussion. Lincoln
has the facilities to host a number of different sporting events.
The bureau is also negotiating for additional major motels.
The state tourism board has said that they would like to see more
bed-and-breakfasts in Logan County.
The application for old Route 66 to be recognized as a
National Scenic Byway has been
submitted to the Federal Highway Administration. In the application
Lincoln was named in the official "Two-day Deluxe Tour" of Illinois
Route 66. The deluxe tour features an overnight stay in Lincoln.
A response to the application is expected on Sept. 22.
The Logan County Information Station
The new Business 55, Route 66 and Fifth Street location is
convenient and easy to find for Interstate 55 travelers.
Route 66 labels sponsored by Coca-Cola and Gold Springs are being
sold at the tourism bureau's new office complex, the Logan County
Rogers invites the community as well as visitors to stop by and
see what's happening in Logan County.
Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau
of Logan County
1555 Fifth St.
Lincoln, IL 62656
Phone: (217) 732-TOUR