Is Lincoln Losing His Appeal In Springfield?

News Item: The Springfield State Journal-Register reports that the number of visitors to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum could fall below 300,000 for the first time when the final 2013 figures are calculated.

In Springfield last year

At the sites about Lincoln

It seems that attendance

Was alarmingly shrinkin’.

If this trend holds up

At his famous Theatre

It  won’t be so great

For the Emancipator.


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  • I was going to mention the appeal of a gas station at I-55, I-72 and Dirksen Parkway in Springfield. However, I noted on that road trip that apparently every President has some roadside attraction. I suppose that signs for Ronald Reagan on I-80 between Pekin and Dixon were predictable, but I thought all the Herbert Hoover ones about 110 miles west were too much.

  • In reply to jack:

    Do they sell any "Hoovenirs" in that small Iowa town?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I don't know, as, other than seeing all the signs, I was more interested in getting out of Iowa ahead of a snow storm. However, the website does include a bookstore.

    There were also a lot of signs for the Jesse James birthplace, about 30 miles north of Kansas City on I-35, although not as many as for the Truman attractions.

    I also didn't check if Pekin had any duck.

  • They should install a Mike Madigan dunk tank, then you'd be adding another zero or two on that attendance.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    I thought I saw that at the gas station to which I referred. I went through a door that had a MEN sign over it, but the attendant said it was the janitor's closet and not the restroom. TRUE.

    To be nonpartisan, i should point out that the station was at the corner of Dirksen and Stevenson.

  • There were reports yesterday that Rauner was paying for admissions to the Lincoln Museum. So, I guess that kills 2 birds with one stone.

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