Robinson Travel Guide

  • Old Machinery from Oil Field
    Old Machinery from Oil Field
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    Welcome Sign As You Enter Robinson
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    Top Row, 3rd from Right, Third Grade
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Robinson Things to Do

  • Southern illinois connects with louisana...

    I recommend visiting Comeaux's daquiri depot and Cajun cafeIt's down the road in lawerenceville next to WalmartThey have New Orleans daquiri s and a Cajun resturant prepared by real duck dynasty Cajuns They have alligator crawfish jambalaya fricasseeThose daquiri s are so good They even have a wonderful cozy video game roomI think it's a must place...

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  • Heath Museum & Confectionery

    NOTE: THE SODA FOUNTAIN IS NOW OPEN! Allan and I visited in July, 2008, and had sundaes. Not only are they delicious, but I cannot remember when prices were this low!The Crawford County Heritage Foundation is responsible for the restoration of the Heath Brothers Confectionery and the development of a new candy museum. Although this project is not...

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  • Enjoy Some of the Wonderful...

    There are so many architectural wonders in Robinson that I was thrilled just to walk the streets in order to spy another one. Here, I talk a little about some of my favorite homes in Robinson.[Photo # 1]: Oh, wow, what a beauty this home located on Locust Lane [one of the loveliest streets in Robinson]. It is known as the Dr. Arthur Gray Meserve...

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  • More Special Architecture

    It's refreshing to see that some of my favorite churches, library, and Newspaper Building are still standing and being used.Photos #1 and #2: The Methodist Church [1899] was the church where I was married so it has a special meaning for me. I always thought that it had the most beautiful stained-glass Windows. Ethelbert Callahan was a famous member...

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  • Crawford County Historical Museum

    My sister and I were very lucky because we were at the right place at the right time on the morning of Saturday, May 17, 2008. We were walking around Robinson, taking photographs of places that I wanted to cover for my Virtual Tourist pages. The Crawford County Historical Society Museum, located in the former Schmidt Clinic, was one of those...

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  • VFW Military Museum & Memorial Wall

    Just a block away from where I lived on Main Street, there is a relatively new museum in Robinson. Photo #1 shows the beautiful craftsmanship of this memorial. The Crawford County VFW Post #4549 Military Museum & Memorial Wall fills the location of the old ICRR depot which has been totally renovated. [see photo #2] It features an etched granite...

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  • Robinson & the James Jones Connection

    When I came into Robinson on Route 33 from the east/going west, I was taken aback by a new sign that I had not seen before. It is pictured in Photograph #1. It says:"Robinson 6700Hometown of authorJAMES JONES"I thought to myself that it was about time that Robinson recognized its famous "literary son".More than 40 years ago, [late 1950's] James...

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  • Visit Hutson Cabins

    In an effort to depict a realistic vision of frontier life in Hutstonville, Illinois, the Hutson Cabins serve that purpose. The structures that arephotographed:Hutson Cabin: The town of Hutsonville was named after the Isaac Hutson family who in 1813 were massacred by Indians [all but the father]. The father went in search of that tribe for...

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  • Illinois Oil Field Museum, Oblong,...

    The Oil Field Museum began in October of 1961 with thoughts of preserving the tools used in the Oil Boom times in Crawford County Illinois. It was inspired by Enos Bloom of Oblong, Illinois who was a mechanicThis is perhaps a one-of-a-kind museum. It has both equipment outside the museum building as well as inside it. I think that the value of such...

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  • Friday Night Tradition

    On Friday nights in Robinson, Illinois, my sister and brother-in-law usually go to the American Legion. I've been with them on several occasions, and on this visit to my sister's house, we decided to keep the tradition ongoing.One reason we love going there is because all we have to do is walk about five blocks. and we are there. Secondly, we enjoy...

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  • For a Quick Healthy Meal

    Although I'm not usually a "fast food" kind of eater, I do enjoy the franchise restaurant known as Subway. The Subway in Robinson, Illinois is especially nice. It is quite clean; the people behind the counter are very pleasant, and, best of all, they work as a team to make the process faster and more efficient.This is a very busy place so...

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  • Best Little Restaurant in Crawford...

    On a Sunday afternoon in May, My sister and brother-in-law, and I ate in Oblong, Illinois [a town about 8 miles west of Robison. On their suggestion, we went to Pizza & More. It's a small place located on a side street in this village. The restaurant is in a residential neighborhood and looks like a home. It's a delightful place with a "down home"...

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Robinson Nightlife

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    by deecat Updated May 27, 2008

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    While visiting Robinson, my family was discussing both the Lincon Theater and the Gordon Drive-In], both operational when I was growing up in the town.

    (I certainly recall the Gordon Drive-In Theater on Route #1 outside of Robinson. Alas, it was demolished...I'm sure all of us who frequented it have fond memories of what we called "the passion pit"!)

    So, as we were driving toward Oblong, Illinois to go to a museum and to eat lunch, my brother-in-law informed me that Robinson now has a movie theater again.

    This is not just ANY theater...it is a five-screen theater with stadium seating and digital sound.The Eagle opened in 2004. Evidently, it took much work on the part of citizens to bring a movie theater back to Robinson, starting with a market study and then continual hard work over nearly 7 years before it became a reality..

    What I find really wonderful is that the Eagle Theater has named each of 4 auditoriums after previous theaters that were in Crawford County [of which Robinson is the County Seat].

    The 5th auditorium is named Connie Legg [a real estate agent who worked to get this theater started. Sadly, she died from leukemia before it opened]

    The Four named after previous theaters: Lincoln, the Grand, the Strand, and the Home. The first three named were theaters in Robinson at one time. The fourth one was a former Palestine theater.

    The Strand [Robinson on West Main Street, 1916]. It burned on two different occasions.

    The Grand [Robinson on Jefferson] started as an Opera House in 1908. Then it was turned into a movie theater, and it was razed in 1929.

    Lincoln Theater was built in the very spot (114 North Jefferson) as The Grand. [in about 1929] It is the theater that I attended the entire time I lived in Robinson. Since Abraham Lincoln was a hero of mine, I remember it fondly. I especially remember the bust of Abraham Lincoln. It was closed in 1982 and demolished in 1988.

    The Home was in Palestine, and I don't remember it at all.

    I was told that each auditorium has one old-style theater seat in one of the first two rows. Is that not cool? [these seats came from the Lincoln Theater and was given to the Eagle by the Robinson firefighters.]

    I'm so glad that Robinson finally has a movie theater again, and I'm so pleased that it honors the other theaters that came before it.

    Old Lincoln Theater
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Robinson Transportation

  • Rest Stops Along Route 57 in Illinois

    While driving along Route 57 in Illinois on my way to Robinson, Illinois, I made use of the rest stops. They are excellent for taking a break, resting or taking a nap, using the restroom facilities, looking at the map that is available, or picking up travel information and maps.In addition, most of these rest stops have some kind of Emergency...

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  • About The Only Way to Get to Robinson

    Robinson, Illinois is rather off the beaten path. I drove from my home In Libertyville, Illinois [north of Chicago] to Robinson on a Friday. I left home at 5:30 a.m. and arrived in Robinson about 11:45 a.m. I stopped at two rest stops [about 40 minutes total]. The most frustrating part of the trip was getting out of the Chicago area [with all the...

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Robinson Shopping

  • Antiques

    Candy, Antiques, Collectibles is such a huge store that it takes time to peruse it. More than 20 different sellers are represented in this place. It has several rooms, and they are all jam-packed with items.If you love antiques and collectibles, you will adore this store. Everthing is displayed tastefully, and the woman working that day was so...

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  • Historic Building and Lovely Shop

    "Simple Elegance" is the perfect name for this shop. Everything displayed was so lovely and so elegant. I especially loved the Vera Bags that were displayed in the window and around the store. I think that the woman who owns the store does an excellent job with her displays. Your eye is drawn right to the product, and you immediately wish to...

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  • Beautiful Gifts and Jewelry

    We visited Bits and Pieces twice while in Robinson, Illinois. The owner, Lori Goble, is quite a lovely young woman. Interestingly, she takes care of her young boys in the shop.I was most impressed with the caliber of jewelry that she carries. It is quite unique and fairly priced. The other gifts are also unique and within reason price wise. Lori...

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Robinson Local Customs

  • Interesting & Weird Facts:

    I did not know where else to place these fascinating bits of information and history, so I decided Local Customs.After reading these tid-bits, it should be obvious that CRAWFORD COUNTY had a colorful past!Many of these bits of knowledge came from a rootsweb.ancestry.com.The most interesting new fact that I learned was:"In 1821, an important U.S....

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  • Robinson Old Cemetery

    On a beautiful Sunday afternoon in May, 2008, my sister, brother-in-law, and I visited the Robinson Old Cemetery at the end of King Street. Just that afternoon, the Crawford County Historical Society had a tea at the museum to celebrate the re-opening and clean-up, and repair of this cemetery.Even though I grew up in Robinson, this was the first...

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  • Very Patriotic Town: Robinson

    One of insights I had immediately about Robinson, Illinois, was how patrotic the town seems to be.All through the town, there are signs [See photo #1] on the telephone poles that picture a Yellow ribbon and the name of a service man or woman along with information as to whether the person is serving in the Army, Navy, Marines, Airforce, National...

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Robinson Warnings and Dangers

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    by deecat Updated May 25, 2008

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    One of the negatives that I see about Robinson is their habit of tearing down beautiful architecture and what I consider landmark places.

    The one I've chosen to display this kind of destruction is the Crawford County Jail. The 1912 Jail in Photo #1 (Note: this is an artist drawing found on a post card I purchased) was, at the time, considered a state-of-the-art facility. It was made of Richardsonian stone and located on Walnut and Jefferson Streets. It served as living quarters for the sheriff's family as well as a lockup for prisoners. Sadly, this fine old building was replaced by a parking lot!.

    The present Crawford County Jail (Photo #2) was built in 1988. It is located east of the post office. In my opinion, it is not a very attractive building.

    The 1912 jail was not the only jail that the county destroyed, but it's just the idea that history is being erased each time an historic building is razed.

    A more serious example of destroying history has to do with the razing of the George W. Jones mansion in 1967. It was built in 1881. By the 1920's it had Corinthian pillars and a covered porch. Remarkably, the inside of the home had frescoed walls that were done by a prominent artist. It was a sad day in the architectural history of Robinson.

    I hope that no further razing of architecturally significant buildings will continue.

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Robinson Off The Beaten Path

  • Tid Bits from My Robinson Trip

    Photographs:Photo #1: My brother-in-law, Larry Gullet, is pictured on the RIGHT leaning against the Robinson Daily News Building where he has worked for 54 years! He retires in June, 2008.Photo #2: I love this photo that introduces LINCOLN TRAIL COLLEGE which is located at 11220 State High One, Robinson, Il 62454. The telephone # is...

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  • Robinson Correctional Center

    Robinson Correctional Center is located on Country Club Road, but locals call it "Prison Road". This is in southeastern Illinois about one mile northeast of Robinson, Illinois. It was opened on January, 1991, and its official capacity is 600 inmates; however the average daily population is 1,193 [which, I guess, includes personnel?] It is...

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  • Wabash Valley Wine Trail

    The Wabash Valley WineTrail includes four wineries that are within 30 miles of each other. So, the trail runs from Palestine, Illinois, to Vincennes, Indiana.They include:Windy Knoll Winery near Vincennes, Indiana (812) 726-1600Lasata Wines near Lawrenceville, Illinois (618) 884-1200White Owl Winery near Birds, Illinois (618) 928-2628 {Photo...

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Robinson Sports & Outdoors

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    by deecat Updated May 27, 2008

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    Robinson is fortunate to have three golf courses. Although all three are great, they are quite different to play.

    The first course I want to talk about is special for me because it is where I had my wedding reception in 1963 when it was simply known as the Robinson Country Club. Today, it is called the Quail Creek Country Club & Golf Resort. It is located at 1010 East Highland, Robinson, IL 62454. Telephone: (618) 544-8674.

    At one time, it was one of the PGA championship Tour stops! Besides the 18 holes of Par 72 course [Bermuda fairways and Bent Grass greens; 6,612 yards in length], there is a practice green, driving range, Clubhouse, restaurant, and lodging in the form of cottages and rooms. They also have a swimming pool, lighted tennis courts, and a racquet ball court.

    This is a semi-private course, but non members are allowed to play and memberships are also available.

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    Oak Glenn Golf Course is located at 11234 North 600th Street, Robinson, IL 62454; (618) 592-3030. It is an 18-hole semi-public golf course. They have a a practice green and, driving range, and picnic shelter with a grill. They do have a clubhouse, but is open to members only.

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    Deer Run Golf Course [Mary Heath Memorial] is a 9-hole public par 3 golf course located in Washington Park at 500 W. Condit, Robinson; (618) 544-2350. The course is a par 27 with Blue Grass fairways and Bent Grass greens. The yardage is 1,3000 yards. The pro shop is open from 9:00 am until dark from April through October.

    What a surprise for me when I went into the Pro Shop and a dear friend from high school was working behind the counter. [Chloe Rae Pierce]

    Depending on your skill and interest, you have three choices for golf when you come to Robinson.

    Deer Run in Washington Park, Robinson, Illinois One of the fairways Beautiful Landscaping
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Robinson Favorites

  • History of L.S. Heath & Company In...

    Robinson and Heath have always gone "hand in hand". For those unfortunate folks who have never tasted a Heath bar...the original bar was made of English-style toffee. It's a thin, hard slab covered in milk chocolate. The toffee contained only sugar, butter, and almonds. It weighed one ounce. It was hand made.I will use a Time Line to tell the...

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  • Crawford County Courthouse

    Be sure to see all the PhotographsUntil recently,I had never seen a photo or drawing of the Crawford County Courthousewhen it was first built in 1897. It was called "the temple of justice".I was so surprised to see a magnificent High Victorian Gothic style building. Unfortunately, this structure was remodeled during 1949-1950, and, at that time,...

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  • Robinson High School: Old and New

    When I heard that the High School was to be torn down, and a new school was being built, I was saddened because of the fond memories I have for my High School years here in Robinson. My sister kept me updated on the progress of the demolition and the building of the new school. So when I came to visit my sister in May of 2008, I just had to see the...

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