I suppose I could understand that but at the time, it struck me as comical. I suppose if I was hard pressed to point to Delaware, NJ and or MD if it weren't labeled on a map.
But Illinois is one of the Midwest states. it is flanked by Iowa on the North/West and Indiana on the East, Wisconsin on the North and Missouri on the South West and even the southern most tip of IL borders Kentucky.
It honors President Abraham Lincoln with the state slogan "Land of Lincoln."
Glen Ellyn is one of those places that you had to see in my youthful days to believe it. It was a place of magic and wonder and for me it was like always looking at living Norman Rockwell pictures. There was such an old time charm filled with Traditions that most of have only read about. It was a place where people didn't feel the need to lock doors and the town itself was....gosh, so may wonderful words could be used. I went to a high school called Glenbard West. This school was part of Downtown Glen Ellyn, rich in youth sports and team spirit. It sat right on the lake (Lake Ellyn) and every home football game had the back drop of the lake in the fall with changing colors of the leaves and it was breath taking. Our school was open campus and at lunch, a class mate or two and I would walk into town and eat at this small mexican restaurant called Santa Fe and order one burritto. The burrito cost $1.35 but it came on a nice plate, with melt cheese and becasue we ate inside, we'd get the chips and salsa. It was amazing. it was safe to walk anywhere in Glen Ellyn. I also ran track in high school and as a daily warm up, we would run around the lake. In the summer and winter, you could access the lake through the boat house, where you could use the paddle boats or ice skate then come inside for hot cocoa. I did both. This picture is of the back of the school and the football bleachers. Our school was known as the castle on the hill because up close it looked like a castle and to get inside, you had to drive up this long driveway (uphill). I lived in this area until I became engaged.
This picture is of the downtown area and as you can see it sits on the Fox River which begins way south in Illiniois from the Illinois river and travels North way into Wisconsin. It's about 202 miles long.
One of the things I really enjoyed about living in Elgin was it's diversity.