Joseph Robidoux Founded St Joseph, Missouri (also Called St Joe, MO)

St. Joseph, Missouri was founded by fur trader Joseph Robidoux who lived from 1783-1868. The location in northwest Missouri where Joseph Robidoux established his Blacksnake Hills Trading Post is modern day St. Joseph, Missouri with a population of about 75,000.

Years before founding one of the current day ten largest cities in the state of Missouri Robidoux grew up on the other side of the state in St. Louis, Missouri where he had six brothers. From an early age Joseph and his brothers were taught the family business of fur trading by their father who in the eighteenth century began sending Joseph up and down the Missouri River as a teenager to hone his trade.

In what is currently the city of Chicago Joseph Robidoux set up a fur trading post next to Fort Dearborn, Illinois but ironically his success led to his demise. As legend has it Joseph was such a proficient young businessman that more established elder men practicing his craft did not think too kindly of having a young up and comer stepping into their territory and disrupting their established business. To correct the disruption that Joseph caused the Fort Dearborn locals persuaded local Indians to threaten and disturb Joseph until he was quite literally run out of town.

After leaving Illinois Joseph established himself in modern day Omaha, Nebraska and settled down with his second wife (after the 1805 death of his first wife Eugenie) with an 1813 wedding to Angelique Vaudry. Between his two marriages Joseph had eight children (two from the first marriage and six from the second) and today the names of many of those children adorn some of the most commonly used streets in the city of St. Joseph, Missouri which he eventually founded. Among names of his children that have since been immortalized with streets named in their honor are Messanie, Faraon, Francis, Felix, and Edmond. While those names probably seem a bit outdated to most folks in the twenty-first century anyone who has spent a significant amount of time around St. Joseph, Missouri instantly recognizes those names as some of the most high traffic streets in town.

Joseph Robidoux sold his successful Nebraska fur trading business in 1822 to the American Fur Company and decided to leave the area after being motivated by the American Fur Company with a $1,000 annual payment for abiding by a non-compete agreement.

After spending time back in St. Louis after selling his business to the American Fur Company Robidoux was later hired by the American Fur Company to start a Blacksnake Hills trading post in northwest Missouri near Kansas City and in doing so Joseph Robidoux laid the groundwork for the city of St. Joseph, Missouri that has held his namesake for over 150 years.

Top 10 Roadside Attractions

Roadside Attractions – Historic to Hilarious: The Favorite Top 10

Planning a Road Trip? Visit all that is world’s largest and most unique attractions It is 6:00 a.m. – a time you would normally be sleeping through – but you are about to embark on a road trip. It’s a summer classic. There is something freeing about packing up the car and heading out on the highway with the radio playing and your wife or husband, best friend or family along side for the ride. Roadside attractions are oftentimes half the fun of road trips. In recent years, Hampton’s Save-A-Landmark campaign has worked to restore many of these forgotten roadside attractions. This summer while you are on your road trip, remember to stop and visit a few roadside attractions along the way. There are a variety of roadside attraction categories: world’s largest, historic landmarks, pop culture landmarks, celebrity landmarks, holiday landmarks, food landmarks, sports landmarks, music landmarks and the list could go on and on. As a tribute to all that is world’s largest and most unique, here are a few of my favorite roadside attractions.

Aren’t they supposed to be that big?

Worlds Largest Dinosaur Cabazon, California You may recall these large, extinct reptile creations from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. It took Claude Bell eleven years to build Dinny the Dinosaur. In the belly of the beast is a small souvenir shop. Claude’s next project was a Tyrannosaurus with a slide down its tail; he died in 1989 before its completion. There is a bathroom located in the T-rex now though.

America’s Favorite Food

International Hamburger Hall-of-Fame Daytona Beach, Florida It started off as crush, but somewhere along the way, Hamburger Harry (Harry Sperl) fell in love, or just became obsessed with hamburgers. Harry has collected over a thousand items of hamburger memorabilia, from a hamburger Harley to a hamburger waterbed. He has hamburger banks, hamburger music boxes and hamburger clocks, but no real hamburgers here. So after you wander through hamburger heaven, you’ll have to stop by a local burger joint and get a quick hamburger fix.

Please don’t feed on the animals

Lenny, the World’s Largest Chocolate Moose Scarborough, Maine Weighing in at 1,700 pounds, this chocolate composed moose can be found at Len Libby Candies, a store that sells delicious hand-crafted chocolates and ice cream in Scarborough, Maine. Lenny took over 4 weeks to craft and is well-worth an afternoon visit, especially during those hot summer months.

A four-eyed elephant

Pinkie the Elephant Deforest, Wisconsin What’s tall, pink and wears glasses, well Pinkie the Elephant of course. This somewhat forlorn looking pink elephant stands guard over a service station located off I-94 in Wisconsin. Also, Sissie the Cow, a massive fiberglass constructed Heffer is located just down the road in front of Ehlenbach’s Cheese Chalet.

You get what you pay for

The Thing? Cochise, Arizona As you drive along the southern part of Arizona, yellow signs sprinkle the roadways, advertising the THING. What exactly is the thing? Well, for a dollar you get to find out, if you think you can handle it.

Where’s the butter?

Worlds Only Corn Palace Mitchell, South Dakota Built out of over 275,000 ears of corn, the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota is quite a sight. Every year it is rebuilt, with new elaborate designs and murals, depicting either local history or folklore. The building is also functional; many community events, stage shows and sporting events are held in the Corn Palace each year.

Leave the Kryptonite at home

Super Museum Metropolis, Illinois Located in Superman’s hometown of Metropolis, Illinois, the Super Museum is packed full of over 20,000 Superman related items. It’s the largest collection of Superman memorabilia in the world. The city itself is a tourist attraction and homage to the man of steel.

That’s one spicy ham

Museum of SPAM Austin, Minnesota They say every 3 seconds someone buys a can of SPAM. Hawaiians alone purchase 6.7 million cans a year. Whether you love SPAM or love to mock it, visit the Museum of SPAM in Austin, Minnesota and end the afternoon with a delicious SPAMburger from their cafe.

World’s Largest Ball of Twine Cawker City, Kansas It’s the world’s largest ball of twine – what would a road trip be without it?

Can I get cheese with that?

South of the Border aka Pedroland Dillon, South Carolina Hotel, souvenir shop, theme park and rest stop, South of the Border has it all. It’s a little bit funky and cartoonish and a little bit kitschy. There’s tons of Mexican eateries and shopping. Whether it’s for an hour or a weekend, stop by Pedroland and get a taste of Mexico – East Coast style. For the full experience, stay at the South of the Border Motor Hotel

Exploring Interstate 90 – The Nation’s Longest Interstate Freeway

Interstate 90, commonly referred to as I-90, stretches from Boston, Massachusetts to Seattle, Washington, over 3,000 miles – and all of it is non-stop driving if that is what you want. No stoplights, no cross streets, and no designed delays at all. I-90 runs through thirteen different states, some for shorter stretches than others, but a trip on I-90 will let you see quite a cross-section of the United States. Some of the major cities you’ll see on a trip across the country via I-90 are: Boston, Syracuse, Albany, Buffalo, Erie, Cleveland, Toledo, Chicago, Madison, Rapid City, Sheridan, Billings, Missoula, Spokane, and Seattle.

I-90 begins in the east in Boston, Massachusetts and heads west through Worcester, Springfield, and Pittsfield (traveling over 123 miles) before entering the state of New York. Nearly all of I-5 in New York is a toll road as it forms the eastern west portion of the New York State Thruway. A spur route connecting to I-90 here and given the number I-990 is the highest numbered Intersate in the country. I-90 in New York runs for over 385 miles and takes you through Albany, Schenectady, Utica, Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo and then takes you into Pennsylvania.

Its shortest stretch in any of the states it passes through, I-90 is only inside the borders of the State of Pennsylvania for a little over 46 miles. I-90 does take you through Erie, Pennsylvlania before it readies itself for a 244 mile long march across the State of Ohio. While in Ohio, the freeway speeds through Cleveland and Toledo before depositing travelers in Indiana. As it goes through Cleveland I-90 forms part of the Innerbelt freeway system, including the corner known as Deadman’s Curve – an almost 90 degree.

I-90 stays in Indiana for 156 miles and drives through South Bend (home of the University of Notre Dame) and Gary before entering the State of Illinois. While it is driving across the northern part of Indiana, it is only a short ways from the Michigan border. Illinois is home to only 123 miles of I-90, but the Interstate does go through its largest city here; Chicago. I-90 continues through Rockford, Illinois before running north for the first time into Wisconsin.

I-90 stays in Wisconsin for almost 190 miles and passes through the communities of Beloit, Janesville, Madison, Wisconsin Dells, and La Crosse before taking a long run across the State of Minnesota. I-90 Crosses the Mississippi River while in Minnesota and runs close to, and parallel to, the Iowa state border. The freeway runs for 275 miles in Minnesota before it enters South Dakota near Sioux Falls.

I-90 spends its second highest amount of miles in one state in South Dakota, stretching 412 miles from the east and west borders of the state. The freeway enters Wyoming just after passing through Rapid City and Sturgis, South Dakota. After passing through the cities of Gillette and Sheridan, the roadway turns northwest and heads towards Montana. Interstate 90 is inside the State of Wyoming for a total of 208 miles.

The Interstate covers more miles inside the borders of Montana than in any other state with a total of 551 miles covered from the time it leaves Wyoming to the time it enters Idaho. For a time, while in Montana the speed limit on I-90 was officially “reasonable and prudent”. Following the freeway through Montana will take you through Billings, Bozeman, Butte, and Missoula before exiting the state via Lookout Pass and entering Idaho. I-90 only travels 73 miles through Idaho but because it cuts across what is known as the Idaho Panhandle you can say that it crosses the entire state from east to west. Inside Idaho I-90 passes through Wallace, Kellogg, Coeur d’Alene, and Post Falls before entering Washington State. The original plan for the freeway intended for the town of Wallace to be wiped out by the roadway. Town leaders took the step of getting the town and its historic buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, thus forcing the government to move the freeway north and elevate it above portions of the town. Wallace, Idaho was home to the last stop light on I-90, it was removed in 1991 to make the Interstate truly non-stop travel from coast to coast.

Washington State is the end of the road for I-90, but there is still almost 297 miles to go before the freeway ends in Seattle. I-90 enters the eastern portion of Washington near Spokane and then takes a gentle turn southwest towards the center of the state before turning northwest again to cross the Cascade Mountains and reach Seattle on the other side.

Over 3,000 miles and 13 states are covered by I-90, the longest stretch of Interstate Freeway in the country.

Save on Gas

Save On Gas This Summer

Free gas and hotel gas promotionsThere are plenty of ways to save on gas this summer and tons of free gas promotions out there. Luckily, is here to help you find them.

Save on gas with these summer hotel gas promotions First, many hotels offer special gas promotions for guests arriving by car, so make sure to ask your hotel or inn if they have any offers. The hotel promotional offers include vouchers or gift cards for gas. In general, it’s the smaller, independent inns that are offering the deals. Guests typically need to stay for at least two nights, usually between Sunday and Thursday, to qualify for rebates or gift cards.

While this certainly isn’t an exhaustive list of hotels and inns offering gas specials to guests, it should give you a decent idea of what’s out there:

Best Western: Stay three nights or more at participating Best Western hotels and receive a $50 gas card. To qualify for the card, you must book through individual hotels or their Web sites. Use promo code Gas50 when booking online.

New York: The Paramount Hotel New York will refund up to $30 to guests who produce a receipt for gas purchased within 24 hours of their arrival (June 29-Sept. 4).

Kentucky: The 1851 Historic Maple Hill Manor offers mid-week guests who stay two nights or more a $25 gas rebate. Mention rebate when booking (through December 31).

Illinois: The Beall Mansion offers guests who mention the Tanks A Lot program when they reserve stays of two mid-week nights or more a $25 gas card at check-in (through September).

Missouri: The city of Springfield is offering $40 gas gift cards to visitors who vacation in the area during 2006. To receive the gift card, travelers must stay for two nights at a participating hotel, buy at least two tickets to the Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Aquarium and get a validation stamp from Bass Pro Shops. Then you mail it all in to the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Find more information at We’ll Buy Your Gas

New Mexico: The Hawthorne Suites Ruidoso is offering a $50 gas card to guests who stay two nights or more.

California: The Lion’s Head Guest House in Jamul, CA offers a $50 discount for a 2 night stay to help with the gas.

Colorado: Hunt Placer Inn in Breckenridge, CO is offering to reimburse guests for a tank of gas (up to $35) for a 2-3 night stay. Guests staying 4 or more nights will get their return trip compensated as well (up to $75). All you need is your dated gas receipt at check in.

Florida: La Mer Hotel and Dewey House in Key West, FL has a promotion called Getaway Gas N Go! Stay three nights at La Mer Hotel and Dewey House, Sunday through Thursday and receive a $25 gasoline gift card. Extend your stay a fourth night and receive an additional $15 gasoline gift card. Card presented at check-out

Didn’t find the right hotel? Visit for more free gas promotions. Click on the Free Gas Promotions page and select Free Gas Promotion from the drop down box for more amazing free gas deals.

Other deals Modesto, CA: Buy a new or used Kia from Modesto Kia, and you can have free gas for a year courtesy of the dealership – if you agree to ride around with a promotional sticker on your new car that advertises the free gas program.

Car Dealerships: Find more car dealerships offering free gas promotions with car purchases in the Baltimore Sun article Auto Incentives Counter Fuel Prices

Traverse City, MI: Through Labor Day, the Traverse City Convention and Visitors Bureau is offering $25 gas cards to visitors who stay four nights or more at one of its 43 participating hotels and inns. To get the cards, you’ve got to book through a special number, 1-800-714-0051.

Aspen, CO: Aspen’s Got Free Gas and Wheels promotion is offering $50 gas cards to visitors who book two or more nights at a participating Aspen lodge. Guests will also get free parking, two free passes to the Aspen Recreation Center and two free bike rental vouchers.

Bend, OR: The Mt. Bachelor Village Resort is offering guests who book two nights or more $50 gas cards redeemable at Shell stations. You must book through the resort to qualify. Mention theLuxurious the Luxurious Getaway – Affordable Get-There package when booking.

Group Transportation Hassles Put to Rest with Help from Charter Bus Rental Service in Chicago

Chicago, Illinois is known for many symbols, deep dish pizza, Al Capone, Michael Jordan, and the Sears Tower. However, no one ever mentions group travel headaches, and uncoordinated transportation plans. Picture this; you need to coordinate your group of 25 of more, family members, business associates, cub scouts, church choirs, military personnel, etc to various locations within the Chicago metropolitan area. Next you weigh your options, public transportation, rental cars, or a limousine fleet. While the most economical choice, public transportation is often crowded and not always available for drop off at the exact location. As for rental cars, would you want to go through the trouble of ordering a caravan of rental cars and expect all of your passengers to navigate through Chicago’s crowded streets and neighborhoods? Finally, limousine service will provide transportation in style, but for large groups, who wants to coordinate multiple pickups? The answer that is economical, comfortable, punctual, and sensible is charter bus rentals in Chicago.

Charter bus service in Chicago will allow your group the chance to relax and put the driving in Chicago traffic to a professional that knows the area. Tired of pulling over for rest stops or trying to keep a group of antsy kids occupied? Most charter buses in Chicago provide onboard restrooms and DVD entertainment options. Chicago already has the world’s busiest airport in O’Hare International Airport, the world’s busiest expressway in the Dan Ryan, and the World’s largest convention center in McCormick place, add 7 million people to that mix and you have one bustling city. Chicago charter bus rentals allow groups to set up one point of pick up and drop off together. Oftentimes charter buses are allowed very close to the entrance of most destinations.

Whether your group is visiting Chicago’s many sporting events, cultural attractions or festivals, charter bus service allows for easy one spot parking, and a way for your group to stay together before, during and after the event. As most adults like to indulge in a few spirits to make their time with friends or family more enjoyable, charter bus service in Chicago also becomes the safe option for group travel. Whatever your group decides to partake in, Chicago has many options to make your stay enjoyable. Renting a charter bus in Chicago will allow you to enjoy the event with your group to its fullest.

The BusBank, is a charter bus rental service headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

Kankakee River State Park

Kankakee River State Park, located near Bourbonnais Illinois healthcare and Bourbonnais hospital, is an unspoiled natural paradise which has been treasured for hundreds of years. It was first settled by the Native Americans who inhabited the region and then later by farmers and traders and today by hikers, campers, bicyclists, anglers, hunters, and canoeists. The Kankakee River, a naturally channeled stream listed by the Federal Clean Streams Register, is the focal point of the park’s popularity.

One of the popular attractions of the 1890’s was the Custer Bowery Amusement Park, which brought visitors from Chicago. The park lasted through the First World War, but by that time the river had already become a popular place for summer cottages. The spot became more accessible for vacationers when roads were built along both banks of the river in 1928. Ten years later Chicagoan Ethel Sturges Dummer donated thirty-five acres of land to create a state park. Commonwealth Edison added almost two thousand acres more to the park in 1956 and granted further land to the park in 1989. At the present time Kankakee State River Park contains about 4,000 acres and envelopes both banks of the Kankakee River for eleven miles and is bounded by Illinois Route 113 on the south side and Illinois Route 102 on the north. Interstate highways 55 and 57 provide convenient access to the park from the local communities of Kankakee, Bradley, and Bourbonnais healthcare.

A number of prehistoric sites are found in Kankakee River State Park. The Native American inhabitants of the area at the time when the first Europeans arrived in the 1670’s were Miami and Illini Indians. The Miami were the larger group, so the Kankakee River was originally named the River of the Miami. Mascouten and Kickapoo also inhabited the region from the late 1670’s til the 1760’s and Potawatomi Indians hunted in this area by the later date. By the 1770’s the Potawatomi, Chippewa, and Ottawa nations, known as the Three Fires, were dominant in the region. The largest village was known as Rock Village, and was located in the present day park not far from the mouth of Rock Creek. The last of the great Indian Councils was held here in 1830. In 1832, after the Black Hawk War, the Potawatomi were forced to cede all of their land which lay along the Kankakee and Illinois Rivers to the U.S. government. Most of the Potawatomi abandoned the area with the exception of Chief Shaw-waw-nas-see, whose tomb is marked by a boulder which lies along Rock Creek nature trail.

In the 1820’s French fur trades including Noel Le Vasseur, Hubbard Chabare, and Francois Bourbonnais traded with the Potawatomi who lived along the Iroquois and Kankakee Rivers. When the Potawatomi abandoned the region in 1838, Le Vasseur called upon French Canadians from Quebec to emigrate to the area of Bourbonnais Township. Thus he earned the name “Father of Kankakee”. William Baker and other settlers also began farming the valley of the Kankakee River in 1831, and the log-cabin village of Rockville was founded in 1840. The Kankakee and Iroquois Navigation Co. was chartered in 1847 to provide a navigable waterway from the Illinois and Michigan Canal as far as Warner’s Landing on present day Warner Bridge Rd. This company went bankrupt when the Wabash Railroad came through in the early 1880’s. Hand-cut pillars of limestone still stand at the Chippewa Campground where a railroad bridge was to have been erected before the railroad ran out of funds.

Fun Facts About Chicago

Chicago is the home of the Oprah Winfrey Show, Wrigley Field and world famous deep dish pizza just to name a few. But among all of the obvious reasons the city is famous there are many more fun and interesting facts about the windy city that are not as obvious but fun to know. The city is full of art and history as well as beaches, parks and more than 7300 restaurants.

I Bet You Didn’t Know…

I bet you didn’t know that in 1837 Chicago became a city and has grown into the biggest city in Illinois or that “Route 66” began in what is also known as the “City that Works”. In 1893 the world’s first Ferris wheel made its debut at the World’s Columbian Exposition and softball was invented in the city that eventually became known for its larger than life sports teams including the Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Cubs.

Along with being involved in a lot of firsts in this country the “Second City” as it has also been nicknamed has been on the edge of engineering technology which was demonstrated when the city successfully changed the flow of the Chicago River so that it no longer emptied into Lake Michigan but ran into the Mississippi River instead. This was done in the 1900’s and was increasingly ahead of its time as far as technology was concerned. The city has continued to be on the cutting edge of technology.

Is That Really True?

Is it really true that Chicago holds the tallest building in the western hemisphere? YES, Willis Tower stands 110 stories high and from the tallest observation deck 4 states can be seen. Is it true that the city holds 1 of 3 free zoos still left in the country? YES, Lincoln Park Zoo is the oldest zoo in the country and is visited by millions every year. Is it true that the first blood bank was opened in the city? YES, in 1937 Dr. Bernard Fantus established the first public blood bank at Cook County Hospital to help with blood shortages in the city.

Is it true that Chicago has had the only father – son Mayors? YES, Richard J. Daley is the father of Richard M. Daley and they have both been mayor of this beautiful city. Is it True that the first planetarium was built here? YES, in 1930, Adler Planetarium was built and it was not only the first planetarium in the country, but the first planetarium built in the entire western hemisphere. Is it true that the first remote control was invented here? YES, in 1950 the first television remote control was introduced to the public.

So as you can see there are a lot of fun facts that you may or may not have known about the great city of Chicago. Technology, sports and lots of cultural history have been born here and this great city will continue to produce great things.

United Airlines Are Dominating the Skies

United Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of United Continental Holdings. Based out of Chicago- Illinois, United Airlines booking commenced its booking with the existence of United Airlines after a merger between United and Continental Airlines in 2010.

In Flight Services

UA aircraft cabins have been designed to provide extra legroom for the comfort of its passengers. The airline offers complimentary juices, tea, coffee and soft drinks to its passengers. Alcoholic drinks, meals and snacks are available on board and can be purchased by passengers.

United Airlines in-flight entertainment system offers a choice of several audio programs, TV channels and movies; complimentary headsets are offered to the passengers. Customers on board can also shop for duty free items that are on sale by the airline. Wi-Fi is also available for use on some of the operator’s aircraft.

Check in Options

The airline permits check-in 24 hours before the scheduled departure time. Opting for online check-in helps one save a lot of time and hassle of last minute check- in at airports. One can do an online check in from the comfort of their home and also print their own boarding pass. Customers also have the choice of getting their boarding pass link being e-mailed to their mobile phones; the barcode on this link needs to be displayed by the passengers to get through the security checkpoint and also at the time of boarding the flight. One must however note that passengers travelling with paper tickets reservations cannot make an online check-in.

Baggage Policy

The airline allows one carryon bag and another small personal bag; passengers however need to ensure that these luggage items adhere to the size restrictions specified by the airline and also that their carryon luggage easily fits into the overhead bin. Pet carriers are allowed in the aircraft cabin subject to size restrictions and an additional charge. The checked baggage allowance varies; depending upon the class of service opted by the passenger. The airline does not provide any insurance for passenger’s baggage. In case of any missing or lost baggage customers are required to fill in a detailed form and submit the same to the airline staff.

Furthermore, United is a member of the Star Alliance that beholds many members including Ethiopian Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian and Turkish. Be it United flight booking, Lufthansa or Turkish airline ticket booking, we are always ready with cheap flights fare or low cost airline tickets for everyone between any desired destinations served by United.

Wingfoot Air Express – The First Airship Disaster

On Monday 21st July 1919 the Wingfoot Air Express (owned by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company) crashed into the Illinois Trust and Savings Building in Chicago, with the loss of 13 lives. This was the worst Airship disaster in the USA until the Zeppelin Airship, Hindenburg crashed in 1937. Of the 13 who died, one was a crew member, two were passengers whilst the remaining 10 were bank employees in the building below.

The Wingfoot Air Express was carrying passengers from Grant Park to the White City Amusement Park when, at an altitude of about 1200ft, the craft caught fire above the Chicago Loop. Once the crew realised that the Airship was lost, the Pilot and the Chief Mechanic parachuted to safety along with a third person who broke both legs and later died in hospital.

The Illinois Trust & Savings Bank building on the corner of LaSalle Street and Jackson Boulevard, housed 150 employees who were closing up after the days business (the fire being reported to have started at 4:55pm) in the main banking hall. The main hall was illuminated by a large skylight and the remains of the Wingfoot Air Express struck the banks skylight directly causing flaming debris to fall through to the hall below. As well as the ten employees who were killed, 27 members of staff were also reported injured.

After the crash, Chicago City Council imposed a ban on hydrogen filled dirigibles from flying over populated parts of the city. The Airships home base, Grant Park Airstrip, was also closed shortly after the crash.

Published in honor of those who lost their lives while at their work in the bank, in a catastrophe that left all officers and employes grief striken.


Out of the clear sky came a mass of flaming wreckage which crashed through the big skylight of this bank, bringing death and injury into the Illinois Trust family. A big dirigible sailing over the loop caught fire a thousand feet in the air and came rushing like a flaming comet, down to earth. The finger of fate had selected the skylight of this building among the hundreds of flat roofs surrounding, on which the dirigible was to strike.

This great tragedy resulted in the death of ten of the bank’s people and the injury of twenty-seven others, leaving a never to be forgotten shadow over the entire institution. Employes and officers were busy closing up the day’s business on July 21st. It had been a big day. Monday almost invariably brings more business than other days of the week. Many of the employes already were on their way home. Those still at work were putting the final touches on the day’s work and would have departed for home very shortly.

Suddenly, as if the whole roof was caving in, there came a big crash and down through the skylight descended the huge, fiery blimp with its twisted iron and heavy mechanism, past the balcony and down to the first floor upon the heads of employes who were working underneath the large skylight.

from The Columns of the Illinois Trust & Savings Bank, Chicago [special memorial issue]: 3, July 1919,

Have a Hollywood Romance With These Romantic Comedy Getaways Near Kenosha, Wisconsin

Let Hollywood screenwriters be the guide to a romantic getaway destination with the leading lady or man in your life. Star in your own local romance with any one of these five locations with ties to popular movies. All are within a two-hour drive of Kenosha, Wisconsin.

In Wisconsin

“Love Actually,” Cedarburg, Wisconsin

This quaint historic city is mentioned in the film when one character travels from England to Wisconsin to meet American women. Located 20 minutes north of Milwaukee, it offers seasonal festivals, outdoor activities, an array of interesting shops & restaurants and cultural events. Consider a stay at the Washington House Inn.

“The Prince & Me,” Madison, Wisconsin

Though not filmed in Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is the main locale where the leads meet and fall in love. Visit this beautiful college city and see what the cast & crew missed, including the Olbrich Botanical Gardens, a free tour of the state capital building, then spice things up with a visit to the suburban National Mustard Museum.

Actor Mark Ruffalo’s hometown, Kenosha, Wisconsin

Star of such romantic comedies as “Just Like Heaven,” Mark Ruffalo was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Ride the downtown 1950’s restored electric trolleys. Get an all-day pass for $3.00 to hop off and on to enjoy restaurants and museums then stay overlooking Lake Michigan at the Best Western Harborside Inn & Conference Center.

In Illinois

“Groundhog Day,” Woodstock, Illinois

Every year Woodstock, Illinois celebrates its starring turn in this classic comedy. Visit the Woodstock Opera House that hosts year-round musical events and theatrical productions and have a bite to eat at the adjacent Stage Left CafĂ©. Book a room at the Royal Victorian Manor Bed & Breakfast, better known in the film as the Cherry Street Inn, where Bill Murray’s character stayed night after night after night…

“Sixteen Candles” in Evanston, Illinois

Evanston was one film location for this John Hughes directed movie. It’s home to the 240 acre Northwestern University campus, a place perfect for long hand-in-hand walks among a mix of Gothic and modern buildings. For a romantic souvenir enter Dave’s Down to Earth Rock Shop for gemstones, jewelry, minerals and fossils. The Bahai Temple of North America (currently one of seven worldwide) is worth stepping over the Evanston border into neighboring Wilmette to view the temple’s architecture and in-season gardens and fountains.

Filmmakers know the formula for romance and a visit to any of these local cities can be the basis for a blockbuster romantic getaway.