Fairfield By Marriott Springfield, Illinois

3446 Freedom Drive, Springfield, Illinois, 62704, United States
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Illinois State Capitol Sculptures & Monuments

by deecat

This tip shows some of the statues and monuments located on the grounds of the Illinois State Capitol Complex. I agree with Jesse White, Secretary of State, when he writes, "The statues and monuments....add beauty and dignity to the area....and provide a glimpse of those individuals/groups who have helped shape Illinois' rich history".

Note: much of my statistics came from a brochure by Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State.


For the Illinois centennial, Sculptor, Andrew O'Connor, was selected to make a new statue of Abraham Lincoln. It is a 10-foot, 6-inch bronze statue with a large granite base and backdrop. It is engraved with Lincoln's "Farewell to Springfield" speech.[ Photo #1]


Sculptor, Peter Fagan, was commissioned by union members to make this 3,000 pound memorial that "is dedicated to the memory of the thousands of Illinois workers killed and injured on the job." It's a bronze sculpture of 3 workers on top of a polished granite base that was dedicate in 1992.[photo #2]


Sculptor, John H. Mahoney, created this 8-foot bronze statue of Illinois' first Lieutenant Governor, and it was the 1st statue to be placed on the Capitol lawn in 1886. Menard, a French-Canadian, is shown trading with a Native American along the Mississippi River.
The fox skin and calumet pipe symbolize the peaceful commerce Menard fostered between the Native American and white communities. The statue and ten foot granite base cost about $10,000. [photo #3] ILLINOIS FIREFIGHTER MEMORIAL

Sculptor, Neil Brodin created a monument in memory of "the firefighters of Illinois who have given their lives in the line of duty and to those who heroically serve with courage, pride and honor." It shows four life-size bronze firefighters and a rescued child on a 14-foot-tall stone cairn surrounded by 2,400 red paver bricks and enclosed by a 2-foot wall. Public contributions and the sale of Firefighters Memorial license plates paid for this memorial. Each May on Memorial Day, a ceremony is held here to honor Illinois Fallen Firefighters[photo#4]


Sculptor, Carl Tolpo created this 11-foot bronze statue of Republican Congressman and U.S. Senator, Everett McKinley Dirksen who served Illinois for 35 years. An elephant, donkey, and oil can flank Dirksen which symbolizes his persuasive skills to help both Repulicans and Democrats to cooperate and enact vital legislation. Seven years after his death [1976], the monument was dedicated. It's interesting to note that the monument contains "a cluster of marigolds, which Dirksen hoped would be named the national flower." [photo #5]

These monuments and memorials represent only 5 out of 15 Outdoor Capitol Complex structures.

Did you know that...

by CoachB

Did you know that Springfieldians (at least that's what I think we are called) are so stupid that the first line of every news cast on channel 20 our local NBC affiliate is, 'THE NEWS STARTS NOW!' Like we didn't know that. :-) If you don't believe me turn on channel 20 at 6PM our time and see for yourself!

Lincoln Memorial Garden

by deecat

Lincoln Memorial Garden was set aside as a "living memorial to Abraham Lincoln" in the 1930s when Springfield began developing its 4,000-acre lake, Springfield Lake.
It was Harriet Knudson who persuaded the city leaders to donate land on the lake shores for this memorial garden to Abraham Lincoln. Then she spent 40+ years of her life on the development and maintenance of that garden. She convinced the Garden Club of Illinois to help sponsor the project; she then secured the services of the nationally-renowned landscape architect,Jens Jensen, to design it.

The garden is supposed to represent the landscapes that Lincoln would have experienced in Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois, the 3 states where he lived. To do this, thousand of trees, wildflowers, and shrubs were planted by Garden Club members, boy/girl scouts as well as volunteers. Jensen's said, "It has to be [simple] to fit the character of Lincoln" and "There are large masses of plantings to express the greatness of this man and the greatness of the country he served". What a quote!

The Garden is located on 100 acres adjacent to Springfield Lake. There are six miles of interconnected trails with about a dozen footbridges, a pond, and eight stone council rings [see photo #4] But my favorites were the benches that were inscribed with Lincoln quotes...they appear throughout the grounds for "rest and contemplation". [see photo # 2.]

There is a very nice Nature Center [see photo #3] that has educational exhibits, offices, and the lovely Split Rail Gift Shop where I purchased a loved glass bird garden stake and a wooden snake toy for the grandchildren.

After walking the trails, sitting on the "Quote Benches", and visiting the Gift Shop, I personally think that it is, indeed, a living memorial to Abraham Lincoln.

The Springfield Children's...

by CoachB

The Springfield Children's Museum at 619 E. Washington St. downtown is also a pretty good value for $3 entry fee. Hours are sporadic. (10-4 MW, 11-4 R, and 10-7 on F) It is closed on weekends and Tuesdays

Lincoln Home National Historic Site

by basstbn

The Lincolns lived in this residence from 1844 until beginining his presidential term in 1861. Undoubtedly, he would have returned here had not been assassinated. The house is open for tours; you must obtain a (free) ticket which will assign you a tour time and reservation. A number of fine old homes in the neighborhad have been, or are being restored, making for an interesting walk.


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 Fairfield By Marriott Springfield, Illinois

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Address: 3446 Freedom Drive, Springfield, Illinois, 62704, United States