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Friday Favorite – I Like Ike

   Posted by: lizjohnson   in Friday Favorites

While my dad and I were tooling along I-70 through Kansas from Colorado to Tennessee, we drove past about 100 crazy billboards. Probably our favorite was: THE 2ND BEST YARN AND BUTTON STORE IN THE UNIVERSE. Seriously, what’s not to love about being the 2nd best.

And just as we were talking about how we never stop to enjoy any of the interesting stops while traveling, we passed a billboard advertising the Eisenhower Library and Museum in Abilene, KS, at exit 275. We both looked at each other and said, “That sounds pretty cool.” So we pulled off the interstate a couple miles down the road and rolled down the main drag in Abilene. Not a whole lot there, except some historic mansions that looked pretty cool from the outside.

And just past the railroad tracks sits the welcome center of the Presidential Library and Museum for Dwight D. Eisenhower. It was a Sunday, so the Library wasn’t entirely open, and we didn’t have time to go through the museum, but it was still a really cool experience.

We walked through Ike’s childhood home.

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Then through the ornate marble halls of the library, we looked at the quilt display.

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The 11-foot statue of Ike was one of the coolest things. Around the five sides of the base (signifying his status as a five-star general) were five quotes from him, mostly from his time as the Supreme Commander Allied Expeditionary Force during WWII. This one was my favorite.

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Dad and I both walked away with I Like Ike buttons, and I have to say, after this stop, I like Ike even more than before.

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4 comments so far

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2nd best? That’s awe.some. Thanks for the post. :)

April 30th, 2010 at 1:27 pm
daddio pooh paw
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I LIKE IKE! That was one of the best road trips I have taken. I will have to listen to Screwtape Letters again since it was hard to get everything the first time. Let’s do another trip like that again some time.

April 30th, 2010 at 6:13 pm
Jess
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YAY, KANSAS.

May 5th, 2010 at 5:37 pm
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Abilene is my Momma’s hometown! She has a memory of an Ike parade when she was a little girl… She called out to the motorcade from the street, “Hell-o, Mr. Lincoln!” and Ike waved to her and laughed. The end :)

May 12th, 2010 at 1:19 pm

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