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The "horseshoe" sandwich is a Springfield specialty. It's a rich combination of Texas toast topped with meat, French fries and cheese sauce.

Kerri Westenburg, Star Tribune

Visiting the land of Lincoln

  • November 10, 2012 - 4:44 PM

LINCOLN MUST-SEES

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum: Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission is $12; discounts for children, seniors, students and military (1-217-558-8934; www.alplm.org).

Lincoln Home National Historic Site: Open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except some holidays. Admission is free (1-217-492-4241; www.nps.gov/liho).

Old State Capitol: Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. Admission is free (1-217-785-9363).

Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices: Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. Admission is free (1-217-785-9363).

Lincoln Tomb: In Oak Ridge Cemetery, which is open until sundown. Hours for interior rooms, including a rotunda and burial chamber, are seasonal; check by calling 1-217-782-2717.

New Salem State Historic Site: About 20 miles northwest of Springfield. Hours are seasonal (1-217-632-4000; www.lincolnsnewsalem.com).

TRAVEL DETAILS

I stayed at the quite nice President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, within walking distance of most Lincoln sites, and paid about $110 for a weeknight (1-866-788-1860; www.presidentabrahamlincoln hotel.com).

Don't miss the chocolate croissants and yummy lunch offerings at Incredibly Delicious, near the Lincoln home (www.incrediblydelicious.com; 1-217-528-8548).

The most memorable meal I had was an only-in-Springfield sandwich. A "horseshoe" consists of a slab of meat (I went with hamburger) on Texas toast, topped with fries and a special creamy cheese sauce. I opted for the smaller "ponyshoe," and still ate less than a half. The Springfield specialty is served in many places. I had my delicious version at D'Arcy's Pint (1-217-492-8800; www.darcyspintonline.com).

More travel information at www. visit-springfieldillinois.com.

KERRI WESTENBERG

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