Inside the Abraham Lincoln House

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We are touring the Abraham Lincoln House in Springfield, Illinois and it is a National Park Heritage site.  The tours are free, but you need to sign up for them and they are conducted by a National Park Ranger.  Here is the inside view of one of the bedrooms:

Another view:

Original Items in the Abraham Lincoln Home

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Inside on tour of the original Lincoln Home in Springfield, Illinois there were many original items. This was the original hall tree and hat stand that once held the famous Lincoln stovepipe hat.  To the left is the original bell to the front door that used to ring with visitors to the house. 

Here is a view of the bell with its spiral spring and wire mechanism. 

The Abraham Lincoln House in Springfield 

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Downtown Springfield, Illinois just a few blocks from the Old State Capitol Building, sits the original Abraham Lincoln House on its original place. This four block area is now preserved as a National Historic area with Rangers giving tours. This house us restored to the condition it was as of about 1860 complete with the second story railing put up by Lincoln to keep his kids out of mischief. 

His boy’s bedroom was on this second floor and they used to go out on the roof.

A famous painting of the house in 1860:

A photograph of the house in 1860 or so:

The surrounding area showing the proximity to downtown:

Famous Saputos Restaurant in Springfield

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Here we are in Springfield, Illinois walking around the downtown area and we spot the famous Saputos Restaurant, famous for Italian Food. Here is a view during the day:

And here is a view of it at dusk:

Main Congressional Chamber at the Illinois Old State Capitol

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In this old 1838 Illinois State Capital Building in Springfield they restored the entire building as it had been converted into a parking garage. This massive room is the main Congressional Chamber which has an observer deck too.  You feel like the senators and representatives have just stepped out on a break and will be back any minute.  They moved in 1870 or so to the newer and much larger New State Capitol Building a few blocks away.

Inside the Senate Room at the Old Illinois State Capitol Building

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We are in Springfield, Illinois here visiting the Old State Capitol Building from 1838.  This is a view of the Main Senate made into a Panoramic shot from 9 separate photos. One side was super bright with the window and one side dark.

Inside the Old Illinois State Capitol Building

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The doors of the Old 1838 Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield were open so I went in to explore. They had self-guided tours which i took and i peeked into every room.  All wwre reconstructed after the original interior bad been gutted for a parking garage. It is just lovely now and like it was. 

Old Illinois State Capitol Building

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After seeing the NEW Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield, you have to see what the OLD State Capitol Building looks like.  It was just a few short blocks away and was very old looking with stone columns out front in a classical appearance.  The old State Capitol Building was the 5th constructed one for the State of Illinois and was built from 1837-1840 in the Greek Revival Style.

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ISO 100, F/9, 1/200 sec, 35 mm Lens

Grand Staircase in the Illinois State Capitol Building

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This is our end of the tour of the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield. I got to see the Grand Staircase but not go up it according to the guard. That was for tours only which I was not able to go on this time in Springfield. I would love to go up to the top of the rotunda/ dome and see it all close from up there.

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