Did you know that ILLINOISouth is home to the largest prehistoric construction north of Mexico?
Wouldn’t it be fun to tour a plant where soda is produced and bottledright in your own back yard.
What if we told you that you that the voice of the original Lone Ranger grew up in the area?
ILLINOISouth has amazing opportunities for your whole family to learn about and experience incredible things that you may not have known were right under your nose.
Cahokia Mounds National Historic Site is an ancient Native American City. Amongst the ancient mounds and a recreation of a “woodhenge” lies an interactive interpretive center with different tour options, a film about the site and its rich history and much more. This regional treasure is one of only 21 World Heritage Sites in the USA.
Are you more interested in family history? Since the 1930s the Meier family in Breese has been producing and bottling soda at Excel Bottling Company. Famous throughout the region and beyond for their citrus sodaSki and its variants, Excel also produces the fruity line of Breese sodas, Frostie Root Beer, Lucky Club Cola and more (including a recently added line of micro-brewed beer) right in Clinton County! Get the information below to call and schedule a tour of the facility and see how it all works. Who knows, you may even get a sample or two…
Museums of all sorts can be found throughout the area. The Spinach Can Collectibles Museum in Chester is chock-full of Popeye the Sailor Manmemorabilia, some dating back almost 100 years. The Wabash County Museum in Mt. Carmel features an exhibit dedicated to Bruce Beemer, the voice actor from the original Lone Ranger radio program, as well as exhibits showcasing some of the earliest auto dealerships in the country, and the way the oil boom affected southern Illinois.
We couldn’t very well cover this topic without taking a good look at the road that built the nation! The Historic National Road Interpretive Center in Vandalia features models of wagons, 1830’s era timber from the original road, interactive features and more.
Over in Cumberland County there is a train depot that has been serving its community for almost 150 years. The Greenup Train Depot is located right on the Historic National Road. It has served many railroads over the years and is brimming with model trains, static displays, antiques and railroading history.
Maybe you’re looking for something a little more hands on to keep the young ones busy? The Edwardsville Children’s Museum offers fun activities and exhibits for kids from ages 1 – 10 including Star City, a kid-sized community with a market, café, hospital, post office, bank, library, fire department and police department. There’s also a Science room with hands-on science based activities.
Clearly, in ILLINOISouth there’s no shortage of ways to keep busy that are unique, educational and above all FUN!
Information on the sites listed:
30 Ramey Street
Excel Bottling Company
488 S Broadway
Spinach Can Collectibles
1001 State St
National Road Interpretive Center
106 S 5th St
Greenup Train Depot & Museum
213 W. Cumberland St.
Edwardsville Children’s Museum
722 Holyoake Rd
Hours, prices and services may vary, please call ahead for more information.