Illinois has a history as rich as its food – and if you don’t believe us, just take a trip to Springfield and grab a horseshoe sandwich! Illinois is home to some of the United States’ most famous presidents, and history buffs can find information about these American leaders in all corners of the state.
But, if quirky facts are more your style, take a look below at a few little-known details about these great American leaders.
Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, 1861-1865
Likely the most widely recognized Illinoisan, Abraham Lincoln is more than just a former president: he is a state icon. But, Honest Abe is not just known for his policy. With his large frame and long limbs, the tallest president of the U.S. is also enshrined in the Wrestling Hall of Fame. According to history.com, Lincoln has an impressive track record of only being defeated once in nearly 300 matches.
Learn more about Lincoln at one of these exciting Springfield attractions:
Soccer is really gaining ground as a legitimately popular sport in the US, thanks in large part to the success of the MLS and bolstered recently by the fine performance of the United States team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup that was held in South Africa.
In order to help further the soccer cause in America and groom a new generation of US soccer players to compete in future worldwide competitions, the number of soccer scholarships in America is increasing.
Any sports scholarship requires that a student complete a full course of study while still representing the school in their chosen sport and soccer scholarships in America are no different.
Who Offers Soccer Scholarships in America?
Dozens of colleges across the country offer soccer scholarships and/or financial assistance for soccer players attending the school in return for their participation in the school’s soccer team. Like any other major college sport though, different colleges compete at different levels. Here are the major levels of soccer played at American colleges and universities across the country:
Wildlife Prairie Park in Hanna City, Illinois is not your average park. It is home to more than 150 animals native to Illinois, from bison to cougars, and several others in between.
In the 1960s, the founder of the park, William Rutherford, a member of the Forest Park Foundation, received news the Brookfield Zoo was searching for space to raise exotic, endangered animals. The Forest Park Foundation acquired almost 500 acres of land, and with Rutherford’s influence, partnered with the Brookfield Zoo. The land was to be used for environmental and conservation efforts, but after a change of management at the Zoo, plans for the land changed. Visitors can enjoy up-close views of beautiful native deer at the park.