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Presidential History at the Heart of the Yellow Brick Road: Illinois offers sites from walking history to a historic courthouse

There is still a sense of optimism running through the town where Abraham Lincoln spent much of his career as a young Illinois attorney. His friend Jesse Fell recalled encouraging Lincoln to run for president when they met across from the courthouse in Bloomington’s Phoenix Block, aptly named for how quickly it sprang back to life after a devastating fire swept through the town. The courthouse is now the McLean County Museum of History and the ...

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