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lllinois' Southern Hills State-127 from Murphysboro to Jonesboro in southern Illinois covers less than 25 miles, but it can take all day to explore Shawnee National Forest, wineries and orchards. In fall, oak, maple and ash trees show off brilliant ruby and yellow foliage. Stop in Alto Pass, halfway through the drive, at the Root Beer Saloon (left), a kitschy, taxidermy-filled cafe serving many varieties of the drink in frosty mugs.
Mary Worth Wadsworth, IL Accord to legend, Mary Worth was a notorious witch who lived on a farm west of Gurnee in Lake County in the mid-1800s. Prior to the Civil War, she would capture runaway slaves and torture them in her barn. Outraged locals took the law into their own hands and burned her to death. Some say her bones were buried in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, but others say they were buried on her farm. Years later, a house was built over the foundation of the former barn. The family who liv…