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Springfield, Illinois Attractions

Unusual landmarks, museums, roadside attractions, and hidden wonders in Springfield and the surrounding area. Springfield is best known for its Abe Lincoln attractions, including his posthumous presidential museum and his lucky-rub-nose tomb, the latter so frequently visited that an accordion player built his own tomb on the access road for the reflected glory and as a joke. The city is also the final resting place of Santa Anna's leg, and the birthplace of the hot dog on a stick. Another hot dog, a giant one, draws travelers to the neighboring town of Atlanta, clutched by a Route 66 Muffler Man.

Hot Dog Muffler Man

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  • Hot Dog Muffler Man

    Hot Dog Muffler Man

    Atlanta, Illinois

    An iconic figure from mid-20th century Cicero, Illinois, the Hot Dog Muffler Man has stood along Route 66 in Atlanta since 2003.

  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

    Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

    Springfield, Illinois

    An imagineered immersion in the life of the 16th President.

  • World's Largest Covered Wagon and Big Lincoln

    World's Largest Covered Wagon and Big Lincoln

    Lincoln, Illinois

    12-foot-tall Abe on a 24-foot-tall covered wagon -- the largest in the world.

  • Defiant Tomb Of Mr. Accordion

    Defiant Tomb Of Mr. Accordion

    Springfield, Illinois

    Roy Bertelli, "Mr. Accordion," built his grave on the way to Lincoln's tomb just to irritate the cemetery's owners.

  • Pearson Museum

    Pearson Museum

    Springfield, Illinois

    An eclectic medical collection features skeletons, bloodletting, disinfected mail, and leeches in a jar.

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