As we were driving from Robinson, Illinois, on Route 33, we stopped just before the Lincoln Memorial Bridge that leads to Vincennes, Indiana.
On the Illinois side of the bridge, there is The Lincoln Monument. This monument was erected in 1938 by Illinois Organization, Daughters of the American Revolution to commemorate the arrival of the Lincoln family to Illinois from Indiana.
Engraved on the monument were these words:
In the late Winter of 1830, a few weeks after his 21st birthday, Abraham Lincoln passed this way with his father's family, entering the State of Illinois for the 1st time.
Daughters of the American Revolution
June 14, 1938
It is a beautiful monument that is pictured in Photo #1. On the monument is a Plague that reads:
Lovingly RESTORED for the
People of Illinois
And Rededicated by the
Illinois State Organization NSDAR
October 8, 1988 Mrs. Ronald L. Mordhorst
The Photo #2 pictures the sign indicating this Lincoln Monument.
The Photo #3 is a photo of the Lincoln Memorial Bridge from the Vincennes, Indiana Side. On the two tall columns, two Native American figures, Tecumseh & his brother, the Prophet, guard the eastern entrance to the bridge.
Note: From my point of view, I think that the state of Indiana keeps the area around the beautiful bridge in much better condition. Even though the Illinois side has the marvelous Lincoln Monument, the area around it is not very attractive, and it is not a good location for taking photographs of the bridge.
Photo #4 is the inscription found on the column of the bridge on the Indiana side. It states:
The site of Fort Sackville captured from the British by George Rogers Clark and his heroic comrades, February 24, 1779.
To arrive in Indiana OVER THE WABASH RIVER from Illinois, we could either take Route 33 and go over The Lincoln Memorial to Vincennes or go to Hutsonville, Illinois and take the bridge over the Wabash to Terre Haute, Indiana. I'll say that the Lincoln Memorial Bridge is by far the most beautiful.
The Old State Bank was built in 1838, and it is the oldest bank building in Indiana. In 1834, The state General Assembly chartered the Second State Bank. The bank was headquartered in Indianapoli with 12 branches across the state. Vincennes was one of those branches. The importance here is that before the creation of a state banking system most anyone could open a bank [wilcat banks]; if the bank failed, the people just lost all their money. With a state banking system, the state literally "backed" the bank; thus the money was safe. It also produced regulated banking procedures.
The Old State Bank's facade is an imitation of the front of a Greek temple. Called Greek Revival Style, it was a design often chosen by many banks for is secured and dignified look.
The main room of the bank had six fluted columns that were more than 30 feet tall that supported a bell-shaped cupola. The cupola served a practical purpose: it admitted light into this main room. The main room also had a hand-riveted steel vault that is encased in stone walls that are two and a half feet thick!
It's located at 112 N. Second Street, and tours are by appointment only. The telephone # is: (812) 882-7422
An unusual rule in the bank's charter was that it was allowed to take furs and produce in exchange for cash!
The charter expired in 1858, and the building was rented and used for private banking. For three years this building served as the Vincennes Post Office. Then it served as a grocery store, warehouse, museum, and, of all things, an apartment house.
It's located at 112 N. Second Street, and tours are by appointment only
While walking on Vigo Street, I saw a strange-looking monument, so I proceeded to investigate it. It looked dark charcoal in color and probably made of granite.
It's located at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial Bridge. It's called the U.S.S. Vincennes Monument It commemorates the four naval ships that are named for the community of Vincennes.
The first U.S.S. Vincennnes naval ship was launched in 1826 and was the flagship of a U.S. South Seas Exploring Expedition.
The Second naval ship was a heavy cruiser which saw action at Midway and sank at Guadalcanal in 1942.
The third U.S.S. Vincennes was launched in 1943, and it was a light cruiser.
And finally, the current U.S.S. Vincennes happens to be a guided missile cruiser that was launched in 1984.
In Vincennes City Hall, there are rooms named in honor of the USS Vincennes. That is also true of the Indiana Military Museum.
So, after reading about these USS Vincennes naval ships, I feel better educated and enlightened and appreciate this unique monument.
"Spirit of Vincennes Rendezuous this year was held the weekend after I was visiting Vincennes". It's held in late May. I was disappointed that I could not attend; however, I wanted information about it to let travelers know about its location, date, and activities.
This year was the 32nd annual aniversary of "Spirit of Vincennes Rendevuous" which relives battlefield activities using units of soldiers from the North West Territory Alliance. You will also be able to enjoy the Tippecanoe Ancient Fife & Drum Corps.
There are also participatory games such as Skillet Throw, Cannonball Throw, and Truth or Consequences History Challenge.
Of course, you are able to stroll through the encampment and interact with members of the North West Territory Alliance. There's also an 18th Century Fashion Show, a parade of uniforms, and a color ceremony.
There are over 100 booths that demonstrate early frontier skills and sell period wares. Some of these are: Leather work, Pottery Wheel, Silver Smith, Weaving, Candle Dipping, Wooden Toys, Guns, tinsmith, Herbs, Spinning, Baskets, Shoes, Chair Caning, etc.
Fondest memory: One of the best activities of this even, in my opinion, is the Food and Drink. There are over 20 food booths such as French cookies, Creek fried potatoes, turkey legs, corn on the cob, pork chops, buffalo burgers.and for dessert they offer homemade pies, strawberry shortcake. Try a glass of iced cold tea or fresh lemonade.
In addition, for the kids, they have children's games, bead jewelry booth, Madame Godare's Period Clothing Try-on.
There's a Photo Contest and a Colonial Ball. On Sunday, they have Non-denominational worship service and period music.
This is all located on the French Commons [Next to the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park] in downtown Vincennes. They have 15+ acres for parking.
In addition, at the Old Cathedral, there is a "Candlelight Tour on Friday night.
Grouseland also hosts a Candlelight Tour on Saturday.
Old French House, Indiana Territory Capitol & Elihu Stout Print Shop host a Candlelight Tour on Saturday.
Fortunately , there are shuttles that transport visitors from the Rendezvous to the State Historic Sites.
Yup, nothin' quite like entering a town and finding out they've named a street after you. (Oddly enough, the street two blocks from Barnett Street is Nicholas, my middle name. There doesn't appear to be a Samuel Street. Yet....)
Fondest memory: The last time I was at this intersection I found a used condom on the sidewalk.
Visit the George Rogers Clark Memorial and surounding grounds.
Fondest memory: The memorial on the banks of the Wabash River. I had been reading a book called ' The Long Knife' about Clark.I went to the Memorial to ask a few questions and left with maps and all kinds of info.The ranger on duty was reading the same book at the same time!!