consider visiting. He loves all things mechanical, large or small. He’s a nuts and bolts kind of guy. I’m more a books and looks kind of girl. Literary and artistic speak to me.
When Jim suggested a trip to the original John Deere manufacturing plant in Moline, Illinois I tried to convince my guy I would be stretching things a little too thin blogging about tractors to anybody but farmers. If you’re a farmer, or simply love tractors, drop me a line via the comments corner and we’ll head to Moline. Jim will be ecstatic; I’ll blog about tractors. I love a challenge!
In a conciliatory gesture, I did say yes to Lockport, Illinois. For my Chicago fans, hold that dial (or mouse, in this case) for a few paragraphs before heading elsewhere. I promise I’ll have some lemonade to quench your thirst from the economic lemons this small town has had to deal with since the boom went bust over a hundred years ago. Some history is needed to give you the full picture.
Project gave way to progress in the early 1900’s. It’s been battered by the rise and fall of economic hard times ever since.
Lockport’s heyday lasted approximately 50 years until the Sanitary and Ship Canal halted the grain trade along the I&M Canal. When the Calumet-Sag Channel just north of Lockport was constructed in 1911, most of the water power to the town of Lockport was cut off, virtually shutting down the trickle of trade remaining. The well/canal had run dry.
Which reminds me; I bet after all that dry history you’re parched. I promised lemonade, so grab some ice for that tall glass and I’ll start pouring when you return. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Good, you’re back! I hope you’re hungry too, because the highlight of our trip to Lockport was a revitalized area called Lincoln Landing and the restaurant, The Public Landing, where history was anything but dry, the food everything you could ask for.
years. George Gaylord purchased the building in 1878. It exchanged hands numerous times over the next century and fell into disrepair during the late 1970’s when it sat abandoned. When Gaylord Donnelley learned his grandfather had once owned the building, he set out to revitalize this historically significant piece of the past. The Public Landing Restaurant was part of that restoration. Jim and I entered the premises through the lobby of the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery.
airport favorite of mine). It was one of three standard options (soup, salad, bread) available with an entrée from the luncheon plates. The $14.95 price for each of the ten or so entrée choices available on the luncheon menu was a little steep, but as is often the case, you get what you pay for. What we got was GREAT!