Mount Vernon, the King City, has added a couple of historical attractions for tourists in Southern Illinois.
At the Mount Vernon Outland Airport, Charles Lindburg's personal airplane, a Monocoupe D-145, will be on display for most of the year while its normal space at Lambert St. Louis International Airport undergoes renovation.
Meanwhile on the other side of town at the Times Square Mall, the new Mt. Vernon Professional Firefighters Local 738 Firefighter Museum opened its doors Friday.
The center piece is a fully-stored 1939 Diamond T fire engine. The museum also offers historic photographs and displays of fire equipment from years gone by.
The museum is open during regular mall hours. If you're looking for a guided tour, contact the Mt. Vernon Professional Firefighters Local 738 at www.iafflocal738.org.