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Sangamon County

An Illinois Folktale


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!"

S.E. Schlosser

S.E. Schlosser

S.E. Schlosser is the author of the Spooky Series published by Globe Pequot Press. She has been telling stories since she was a child, when games of “let’s pretend” quickly built themselves into full-length tales acted out with friends. A graduate of both Houghton College and the Institute of Children’s Literature, Sandy received her MLS from Rutgers University while working as a full-time music teacher and a freelance author.