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A remarkable road trip through Illinois

Everyone is aware of the draw of the big cities in Illinois, especially Chicago, but there are other great destinations in the state where you can see things that you will not see anywhere else. Let's take a road trip to some of the places that you will definitely want to visit someday.

Brooks Catsup Bottle Water Tower - Collinsville, Illinois

The Brooks catsup bottle water tower in Collinsville is listed as "The World's Largest Catsup Bottle." G.S. Suppiger Company had it built in 1949 to supply water to its Brooks catsup plant. The tower is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Pink Elephant Antique Mall - Livingston, Illinois

The Pink Elephant Antique Mall, located in Livingston is actually a cooperative of approximately 40 antique dealers, and has an inventory that is unbelievable. It is located on old "Route 66."

The Historic Museum of Torture Devices - Alton, Illinois

The Historic Museum of Torture Devices is located in Alton, IL and has over forty gruesome torture exhibits that range from simple instruments of humiliation to devices used for executions. This museum is located in the Historic Mineral Springs Mall.

Historic Auto Attractions - Roscoe, Illinois

This is not your typical restored auto museum, and contains much more than automobiles. Listed below are some of the exhibits you will see here.

Hitler's staff car, a section of fence from the JFK assassination's grassy knoll, the station wagon from National Lampoon's Vacation, Richard Nixon's limousine, The actual flag that was draped over JFK casket, Fred Sanford's truck, a slab of Grover Cleveland's wedding cake, gun that killed John Dillinger and Bonnie and Clyde's death hats, to name a few. This is a must see museum.

Be sure and watch the video in this article, titled "Go Cruisin: Quirkiest Places Around Illinois," and see these sites, plus more. There is so much more to see in Illinois, and the Examiner is the place to see it, so if you don't already subscribe to the Memphis International Travel articles in the Examiner, you can do so by clicking on the subscribe link located under this writer's photo at the top of the page. All these articles are free. You can also check out this writer's suggested articles, listed at the bottom of this page.

Until we meet again on these pages, we will let the "World turn onto our next destination."

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