Check out some great Midwest-related stories I found online this past month:
Carnegie Library in Attica, Indiana-Jessica shares my love of historic Carnegie libraries, and I loved her Little Indiana story about this historic library in central Indiana. Jessica tells readers that Indiana received the highest number (160) of Carnegie libraries in the nation! We've visited a few of these historic libraries ourselves in Danville (Indiana), Defiance (Ohio), Sandusky (Ohio) and a former Carnegie building now serving as a restaurant in Carmel (Indiana).
History, Architecture, Sweets Await at Columbus-Did you know that Columbus, Indiana sits at sixth place in the nation for architectural design? Kayleen tells readers of the Indiana Insider blog that the city earned this honor because of it is home to more than 80 buildings and other structures designed by recognized architects (like Eero Saarinen who designed the St. Louis Arch and many works in Michigan like elements of the Cranbrook Educational campus, which includes the Cranbrook Institute of Science). No wonder this city has long been on my Midwest bucket list!
The staying power of Old Hickory furniture-Have you ever headed out to Wyoming to visit the Old Faithful geyser and Yellowstone National Park? If you stopped by Old Faithful Inn at the park for a meal, chances are you've dined while sitting in a chair made by Indiana's Old Hickory Furniture Company! Check out this story at Indiana Landmarks' Hidden Gems blog for the story about how this venerable Indiana company created seating, still in use today, for the historic lodge at Yellowstone.
10 fun reasons to visit eastern South Dakota this summer-We managed to check out the Corn Palace during our trip out west a number of years back, but I see that there are plenty of reasons to consider a return trip to eastern South Dakota. Deb offers ten good reasons that include celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Corn Palace as well as visiting Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie, taking in the annual Czech Days and visiting the Good Earth State Park. Check the list out at Deb's Just Short of Crazy blog.
10 Things to do in Nebraska-The Walking Tourists, Tim and Lisa, are back with another handy list of things to do, and this time they cover their home state of Nebraska. We've yet to visit Nebraska beyond a drive through on the way west, but things like on this list like Carhenge and Buffalo Bill Cody's Ranch and the opportunity to see the annual Sandhill Crane migration make a longer visit to this state sound pretty appealing!
Sock Monkeys, Women's Baseball and a Victorian Village-Connie shares some of her favorite sites in Rockford, Illinois in her Midwest Wanderer blog. Sock monkeys got their start in Rockford, and the city (like South Bend, Indiana) was home to one of the most beloved teams in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
Three Midwest Day Trip Ideas From Minneapolis/St. Paul-There's isn't much we love more than taking a quick day trip out from the Detroit Metro area to supplement the longer trips we're able to take throughout the year. Check out Sara's suggestions on the Travel with Sara blog for quick day trips travelers can take when departing from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area in Minnesota.
Waterfalls of the North Shore-Love waterfalls? I do! So I enjoyed reading Beth's round up of waterfall information for cascades along the northern shore of Lake Superior in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Check it out at the Midwest Weekends blog.
A Drive through Sleeping Bear Dunes-We've visited the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore area in northern Michigan numerous times, and I recently finished a five-part series here on Midwest Guest about our adventures in this beautiful region over the years. It was fun, then, to see Connie's take on visiting the park's headquarters in Empire, Michigan and traveling along the park's Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. Check her story out on the Midwest Wanderer blog.
That's it for this month's Midwest travel links list. Do you have any favorite Midwest stories or blogs to share?
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