Drive by History Ep. 8 – Beardstown

Even a business trip can be a Sunday Drive! This week we went to Beardstown, IL and learned about a fascinating history and an ongoing story.

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  1. Have you ever thought about captioning your videos? I live in Beardstown and thoroughly enjoyed you video. I also have Adult Deaf children and man y Deaf friends who would also enjoy this. I am going to share it on my Facebook page but they will be left out 😢

    1. Karen,

      I’m glad you liked it! I would love to be able to caption my videos, I’m still trying to figure this video editing. Let me see if I can get that done for this video today and then that will give me an idea of how hard that would be in the future.

  2. Very cool idea for a website show. I actually am a history teacher at Beardstown HS and professor at Lincoln Land Community College. It sounds like you’ve done quite a bit of research on the community. Good job! Did you explore the inside of the town and record any videos that way?

    1. Gordon,

      Thanks for the feedback! When you said you were a history teacher at Beardstown HS I was worried I had made some grave historical error! Glad to see there were no glaring errors. At this point I haven’t done in depth history videos (you can see all 8 of them on our Youtube channel #9 is coming out on Monday) And I didn’t get a chance to go into any of the historical buildings around Beardstown. Right now I’m trying to pique everyone’s interest about looking at the stories that are down every street. But I’d love to hear from you, If you were giving recommendations, where would you visit in Beardstown?

      1. Haha…no worries. Actually there are a couple interesting stories of which I am aware. To be honest, I did not grow up in Beardstown and so my local knowledge is not firsthand as someone who did might be.

        I do know there is a museum in town devoted to the Almanac Trial where Lincoln worked as defense attorney for a man accused of murder. Also, it is known that Al Capone and other Chicago gangsters from the 1920s would use west-central Illinois towns as hideouts from the police when they were being investigated up in the city. Capone would travel to Beardstown to escape the city life and go hunting. Also, I would check out Colchester, Illinois as part of the bootlegging industry in the early 20th century. There is the story of Kelly Wagle: http://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/article/20120729/NEWS/307299993

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