Frozen Falls at Starved Rock State Park

USA - Illinois - Frozen Falls Starved Rock State Park

Frozen Falls at Starved Rock State Park
The beauty of winter is best seen in the frozen waterfalls of Starved Rock State Park.  Formations vary based on precipitation and temperature.  Canyons pictured clockwise:  Kaskaskia, St Louis, Ottawa, and Tonti

USA - Illinois - Frozen Falls Starved Rock State Park stamps

llinois State Fair

USA - Illinois - State Fair Vintage


Greetings from
Illinois State Fair

Springfield, Illinois

I would love to know what year this was taken!!

Chicago Harbor Lighthouse

USA - Illinois - Chicago Harbor Lighthouse


Chicago Harbor Lighthouse
Built in 1893, the Chcago Harbor Lighthouse is the only surviving lighthouse in Chicago and one fo the only tow remaining in illinois.  The lighthouse symbolically marks the Chicago harbor and its maritime transportation.  Itt was renovated and moved to its present location along Chicago’s shore line, just east of Navy Pier in 1917,  A sculpture, The Spirit of the Waters, located near City Hall, commemorates the importance of the Chicago Harbor Lighthouse.

Lighthouse Friends history, click here

Chicago Harbor1893 (relocated to the breakwater in 1919). Active; focal plane 82 ft (25 m); red flash every 5 s. 48 ft (14.5 m) round cast iron tower with lantern and gallery, sandwiched between two 1-story buildings (a fog signal building and a boathouse). Lighthouse painted white, lantern roof black; the building roofs are red. The original 3rd order Fresnel lens, exhibited at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, is still in use. Keeper’s quarters incorporated in the tower. Pat and Ellen Prather’s photo is at the top of this page, a fine 2007 photo is available, Anderson has an excellent page with good photos, Schultheiss has an excellent photo by Dave Wobser, has aerial photos, and Google has a satellite view. A unique lighthouse: its design is similar to that of the offshore sparkplug towers, but this tower is taller. The lighthouse was originally built at the Chicago River entrance, where it replaced a lighthouse in service 1832-1852; the fog signal building and boathouse were added during relocation. The tower was restored by the Coast Guard in 1997. In 2005 the lighthouse became available for transfer under NHLPA. The City of Chicago applied for ownership, and after an unusually long period of consideration the Interior Department approved that application in February 2009. Located at the south end of the north harbor breakwater, about 1 km (0.6 mi) east of the Southeast Guidewall Light. There are good views from the Navy Pier or from harbor sightseeing cruises; the lighthouse can be seen distantly from many places on the Chicago lakefront. Site and tower closed. Owner/site manager: U.S. Coast Guard. ARLHS USA-171; USCG 7-19960. – Lighthouse Directory


USA - Illinois - Chicago Illustration



USA - Illinois - Chicago Illustration stamp of China

from a Postcrosser in China

Central Congregational Church

USA - Illinois - Central Congregational Bridge


Central Congregational Church
Galesburg, Illinois

This century-old landmark on the National Register of Historic Places exemplifies Richarsonian Romanesque architecture.  Magnificent rose windows, including one 3-22-feet across, illuminate the interior.  Galesburg architects Gottschalk and Beadle designed it for the Public Square site of the the ‘Old First Church’ once a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Mary Lincoln’s Gown

Mary Lincoln’s Gown

White House Blue Room

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Mary Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckley portrayed in the Blue Room of the White House.  The gowns of her social rivals are shown behind her.

Cardinal ~ Illinois State Bird



Illinois State Bird

Aren’t they beautiful?!

From a Postcrossing pal