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Welcome to land of Lincoln. Illinois' state capital of Springfield is the number one place to catch up history of the famous 16th president's life. Springfield began in 1820 when John Kelly settled in the area although at that time it was called Calhoun, named after South Carolina's senator, John Calhoun. It wasn't until 1837 that the then young, Abraham Lincoln moved to the city. Because of Lincoln's efforts, along with his group the "Long Nine", the capital was moved from the city of Vandalia, to Springfield.
The first capital building went up in 1839 and lasted until 1876. The site of today's capital completed its final stages of development and restoration in 1969. During this time Lincoln was practicing law in the area and he and his family were living in a Springfield home which is now the destination for many tourists annually and is a national park service. This was the only home that Lincoln actually ever owned and he did so from 1844 to 1861, when he was elected president. Many tours are available including, the " Looking for Lincoln" tour which provides a journey to "walk in Lincoln's footsteps". The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is also an extremely notable landmark for a taste not only Springfield's history but also the history of our country.
For a literal taste of the history, although of less political importance, Springfield is the birthplace of the corndog. Corndogs were debuted at the Springfield Beach House on June 16th, 1946, then called "cozy dogs". We're unsure as to whether or not Lincoln was a fan.