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A Lincoln Road Trip, part two

'And then you see it, incredibly, unfurling its granite steps before you.'

‘And then you see it, incredibly, unfurling its granite steps before you.’

Dwight Pitcaithley, former chief historian of the National Park Service, once wrote that the ‘perception’ of an historical artefact is ‘part of the nation’s ritualist public tribute to its own humble origins.’ In firming up ‘the nation’s image’ of itself, this perceived historical artefact is ‘indispensible’. He was referring to Lincoln’s birthplace, the very cabin before you. (Not, of course, to the less humble marble and granite monument around it.) Continue reading

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A Lincoln Road Trip, part one

Bing map showing HodgenvilleIf you’re driving north of Nashville along U.S. Route 31E, which for almost 150 miles runs parallel to interstate highway 65, you’re probably patting yourself on the back for slyly avoiding the toll road. Or maybe it isn’t a toll road — but nevertheless I’ve just brought you into one of the secrets of American road-tripping. (Where there is one road there is also another, older road that is cheaper, pleasanter, directer and so often no slower than the new one.) Continue reading

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