The Reagan Trail Walnut YouTube entry includes comments from one of the drivers--I think--but it doesn't identify him. What's up with that? Whoever it is clearly is at least a nonagenarian. Since the video was uploaded last month, it's possible that one of the trio is still alive.
According to that video, the young Reagan spent the night at least once in the Bureau County town. Bureau is the only county with three Reagan Trail stops, Whiteside County, which we will visit soon, has two.
Don Marquis, a popular New York city newspaper columnist and humorist of the early 20th century was born in the small Illinois town. According to the Marquis web site, Garrison Keillor regularly reads sketches written by Marquis on his radio show, "The Writer's Almanac." There's an historical marker commemorating Marquis in Walnut.
Joel Bass lives in Walnut and created a superb web site about his hometown.
The village of 1,500 was originally named Walnut Grove and there are many Walnut trees there.
Here's that YouTube video:
Next: A detour to the Hennepin Feeder Canal.
|Walnut Veteran's Memorial|
The town of Eureka
Eureka College's Reagan Museum
Returning to Eureka College and the 1982 address