An Illinois Folktale
S. E. Schlosser
One of the old timers who lives here in Sangamon County, Illinois is always saying that Sangamon County is the only place on Earth which is more beautiful than heaven. Once, I asked him why. I mean, Sangamon County is beautiful. But we're talking about heaven here, with them golden streets and angels and pearly gates. Seems like a tough act to follow. He replied: "I know for a fact that Sangamon County is more beautiful than heaven, because I died last year. When I got to the Pearly Gates, Saint Peter asked me where I was from. When I told him, he sent me back, saying there was nothing in heaven as beautiful as Sangamon County!"