Kewanee Things to Do
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The store was started in 1884. The current store owner Janice Pickett holds the picture that shows her ancestors and what it was like closer to the founding days.
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Doogie's advertises the best hambergers anywhere. This picture is of our toughest hamberger critic in the family. Getting a thumbs up for a hamburger from her is a big deal.
We ordered Doogie's smoked turkey for our Chrsitmas eve dinner. Wow recommended!
Favorite Dish: Exit 169 I20 Kewanee on Highway 80.
Kewanee Off The Beaten Path
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The Lauderdale Springs Confederate Cemetery is the site where two ancient routes intersect, the Tennessee trail and the Choctaw trail. The old Choctaw village named Panti was situated behind the cemetery. The first white settlers coming to Panti in 1800 were James Lauderdale and Ambrose Ramsey and Richard Smith. It was the Smith family that settled near Kewanee.
James Lauderdale purchased the Springs at Panti. In the 1850s the springs were developed into a fashionable health resort and spa and the Mobile and Ohio Railroad stopped at the Springs for passengers to get down near the resort. During the civil war the resort was converted into a Confederate General Hospital. Wounded soldiers were brought to the hospital by rail. The men were brought from Shiloh, Corinth, Luka, Jackson, Fisher Creek, Vicksburg and Forest North Mississippi battles. The soldiers who died at the hospital are buried at this cemetery.