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The state of Illinois, the
21st state admitted to the United States of America, is the most populous
and demographically diverse Midwestern state and the fifth most populous
state in the nation. With Chicago in the northeast, small industrial
cities and great agricultural productivity in central and western Illinois,
and natural resources like coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois
has a broad economic base. Illinois is an important transportation hub;
the Port of Chicago connects the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River via
the Illinois River. Illinois is often viewed as a microcosm of the United
States; an Associated Press analysis of 21 demographic factors found Illinois
the "most average state", while Peoria has long been a proverbial social
and cultural bellwether.
USA - A Prime Holiday Spot by Frederick Williams
Most of Illinois State was
inhabited by the Indians until the French landed here, and then many more
followed. Of course they started exploring the land and began trading fur
with the local Indians.
In 1673, after a local war,
under a treaty all French held land, east of Mississippi River, was ceded
to the British. The British controlled this area until 1778, and then after
a battle local citizens took over Illinois until around 1787 when it joined
In 1818 Kaskaskia was made
capital of Illinois. In 1839 it was moved to Springfield and the capital
buildings are now open to the public as a historic site.
Capitol, Springfield, Illinois, USA
Bishop Hill State Historic
Site has a long history, and it depicts a picture of the first Swedes who
had bought land and built some of the buildings. They were among the first
This site is open daily from
9am to 5pm, except major holidays.
The most sensitive and ancient
Indian city in North America was at Cahokia Mounds. They built the city
in a preplanned way keeping their agricultural farms outside and residences
inside their city's periphery.
The French came to this place
after the locals had vanished a while back due to climatic changes, spread
of disease, economic and other reasons. In 1982 it was declared a World
Heritage Site and is open from 8am to Dusk.
Abraham Lincoln's early adulthood
was spent in village New Salem. The site was reconstructed and named, Lincoln's
New Salem State Historic Park. He also spent his time here doing various
The site is open from Early
March to Late October - 9am to 5pm and for the remaining year - 8am to
On July 4, 1837 the construction
of the Old State Capitol State Historic Site began. Due to many reasons
it could not competed on time. As the new administration had to move from
one place to another and it took time.
The building is similar to
ancient Greek architecture, which was a popular design during the early
1800s. The building was dismantled in 1966 and rebuilt with modern methods.
The atmosphere comes alive
on every Fridays and Saturdays (except in May) when a program "Mr. Lincoln's
World" is enacted. This can be viewed on a guided tour from 10am to noon
and 1pm to 4pm.
Fort de Chartres is an old
building on the banks of Mississippi River, which depicts the life of people
during the French regime. It was built in 1750 and abandoned in 1771, and
of course had to be recreated partially.
It preserves the archaeology
of remains of earlier wooden forts. The Site is open from 9am to 5pm daily
except major holidays.
Lots of excitement is at
Six Flags Great America, created recently in 1997 as an amusement park
with rides for the whole family. Experience the ride of going up and then
plunging back to earth.
It is a home for Warner Bros.
Stunt Show and many roller coaster rides.
Many varieties of animals
are there at Scovill Zoo and Park Complex. You can enjoy watching these
on an Express train ride.
Events are organized throughout
the year and it has a museum, oriental garden and playground.