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17 happy new year

Happy New Year

Welcome to 2010, everyone! I hope your year is off to a great start. We want to extend a huge thank you to all of you who have taken part in making this blog a success – contributors, readers, participants …




20 home from a box

Home From a Box on Rte. 66

As you make your way into Carlinville, which sits on Old Route 66 about 35 miles southwest of Springfield, one thing you’ll notice from the distance above the treeline is the Macoupin County Courthouse. Completed in 1870 at a cost of more than $1.3 million, the massive building that sits just east of the square looks like it could be the Statehouse of a small New England state. But one of the more unique stories the town has to tell is a little off the beaten path.