Monday, December 19, 2016

Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

After stopping by the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, we continued west.  We spent the night on the Illinois side of the Mississippi outside of St Louis and headed into the city the next morning.  First up was the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site.  We also visited Union Station and the Transportation Museum ( I like trains )

As a civil war history nerd, I'm always up for anything related to the war.  Plus, Grant was from Ohio.  Ohioans stick together!  There's a visitors center, very helpful rangers, the tour of White Haven and a museum to explore.  There's also Grant's Farm next door if you are so inclined to explore there. 

White Haven front view
White Haven back view
I found it interesting that it was a slave plantation

Construction details of the house
And of course his war horse was named Cincinnati!
Union Station:

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

In September of 2015, my mom and I headed to Missouri and Arkansas.  She really wanted to visit Hot Springs NP and bribed me with Civil War battlefields (I'm easy lol).  Plus, it gave me new states that I hadn't visited before!

First up was a stop at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial on our way from Ohio to Missouri.

Cabin Memorial site

Cemetery where Lincoln's mother is buried