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Southern Illinois

Bald Knob Cross - An interdenominational, national symbol of faith, this 111 foot tall cross, when illuminated at night, can be seen over an area of 7500 square miles, atop the most prominent elevation in So. IL. Surrounded by the beauty of Shawnee National Forest.

Franklin County Jail Museum - This beautifully restored 1905 structure houses memorabilia of the gang era from the days of prohibition, as well as mementos from famous Benton natives, including General John A. Logan, actor John Malkovich, NBA basketball star Doug Collins, and Beatle George Harrison.

General John A. Logan Museum - General John A. Logan (1826 - 1886) played an important role in our country's history. At a young age he rose to prominence in state politics. The Civil War brought him national fame as a dashing, popular, and, perhaps, the best volunteer general.

Super Museum - Features a collection of superman memorabilia, including the original costume worn by George Reeves, the first superman in the '50s. Also included are movie props, rare toys, comic books and a video presentation.

CedarHurst Center of the Arts - Nestled on a 90-acre site in southern Illinois, Cedarhurst celebrates the arts year-round with exciting visual and performing arts programs for the public.

Little Toot Railroad - With a puff of steam, the clickety-clack of steel on steel and the lonely whistle, Little Toot rolls through the scenic Charley Brown Park. This nostalgic trip is a thrill for the older generation and a fun educational experience for the young.

University Museum - Southern Illinois University Museum features art, history and scientific exhibits in the museum's galleries.

The Rend Lake Visitor Center - Located at the east end of the Main Dam Road, is a great place to begin your visit to Rend Lake and learn about the exciting recreational opportunities available in the area.

Touch of Nature Environmental Center - A comprehensive center offering opportunities for education, academic support and services to enhance the lives of individuals and groups in traditional and non-traditional learning environments.

The Science Center - A hands-on children's museum featuring interactive science exhibits. An exciting place for children ages 3-13, members and patrons of all ages enjoy our exhibits, programs, and events.

Rainbow Ranch Petting Zoo and Exotic Farm - Stroll the 150-year-old family farm with a personal tour where you will meet all the friendly animals that call Rainbow Ranch home! There are llamas, alpacas, donkeys, sheep, goats, fallow deer, pot-belly pigs, peacocks, ducks, chickens, emus, swans, cows, horses, a camel, and even a couple of zebras!