What Are Some Popular National Parks in Illinois?


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Illinois is home to several national park sites, including the Lincoln Home and the Pullman National Monument. The Lewis and Clark Trail, the Mormon Trail and the Trail of Tears Trail also run through Illinois.

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The Lincoln Home in Springfield, Illinois is the historical home of President Abraham Lincoln. He lived there for 17 years with his family. The Pullman National Monument in Chicago tells the story of the workers who lived and worked in the model town created by George M. Pullman. The town was later the site of a deadly strike in 1893. The Lewis and Clark Trail moves through 11 states, including Illinois. It is the trail that Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and Sacajawea followed as part of the Corps of Discovery. Also running through Illinois is the Mormon Pioneer Trail. 70,000 persecuted Mormons travelled this trail as they escaped to Salt Lake City, Utah in the mid-nineteenth century. Finally, the Trail of Tears National Park site in Illinois commemorates the Cherokee people who were forced out of their native homelands and walked along the trail during a relocation campaign.

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