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Thursday, September 08, 2005

Looking for Lincoln in Decatur

I'm seeing a lot of small towns in Central and Southern Illinois (and probably Indiana and Kentucky) longing to tap some of the tourism dollars flowing into Springfield because of the Presidential Museum and Library. The most recent comes from the city manager of Decatur, Illinois:

"This is about changing downtown Decatur. It's about drawing people who are currently passing us, going to lesser (Abraham) Lincoln sites than we have and spending millions of dollars there." (Garman outlines support for mayor's Treasure's of Decatur initiative)

He sounds a little desperate.

Attention all tourists. Do stop in Decatur on your way to and from Springfield. (Okay, that was weak.)

I doubt Springfield will do anything to help Decatur's cause, but I wonder what the state is doing? Are these little towns on their own in promoting their Lincoln sites?

Posted by Marie at September 8, 2005 12:44 PM

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Many years ago, a baseball team in California called themselves the California Angels. The team determined that wasn't specific enough, so they renamed the team, and for a few years it was called the Anaheim Angels to more accurately reflect their location. Then the team decided that name sounded too dull and boring (although Anaheim isn't really dull, it just seems that way being next door to exciting Garden Grove). So for this year, the team is being called the "Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim". So to solve this little problem in Illinois may I suggest: "The Springfield Lincoln History Sites of Decatur".

All you Illinoisans can thank me later.
K-

Posted by: Kem White at September 8, 2005 1:32 PM

Oh, that is a really good idea. You should be in marketing.

Posted by: Marie at September 8, 2005 1:41 PM

Yes,

When people think "Lincoln" we want them to think Decatur!

Sure Lincoln had little to do with Decatur in comparison to Springfield, but what people don't undestand is this.

Lincoln loved Decatur!

It is rumored that he actually wanted to move to Decatur and stay in their excellent bed and breakfast there. The problem was the smell of some of the neighborhoods in Decatur was overwhelming to the sensibilities of most people of Lincoln's day - what with all of the manufacturing, and food processing going on.

Sad story really.

JeromeProphet

Posted by: JeromeProphet at September 9, 2005 4:06 PM