We were on our way towards Iowa taking a diagonal route across Illinois. After seeing Abe Lincoln's Boyhood Home I found we would be going right by his father's final home and farm.
I thought, Why not?
We arrived just before lunch time, and no tourists were there. Nice. It was a peaceful and quiet place and I walked into the Visitor Center. There I learned a few things. Thomas had lost three farms due to boundary disputes and defective titles. Abe never lived here. While Abe was a circuit court lawyer he would stop by occasionally to visit with his father (a strained relationship) and step-mother (whom he got along with quite well).
Here's the corker: In 1893 the original log cabin Thomas built was disassembled and shipped to Chicago for the World's Exposition. After the fair they lost it! How can you lose a log cabin? Burn it up as firewood, which historians surmise was its demise. So what I was seeing was another reconstruction based on photographs taken before it was lost.
I was pretty well disillusioned after two days of this sort of thing so I took a picture of the chickens.
I then went back to the Little House on the Highway, let Sinbad out for a walk and ate some lunch.