Folks line up for new quarters depicting local landmark

You and your family may have visited Camel Rock at Garden of the Gods inside Shawnee National Forest. More than a million people do every year. Thousands turned out Thursday to see their favorite landmark minted.

The Harrisburg band played a symbolic song as Shawnee National Forest becomes the latest landmark minted on the back of the U.S. quarter as part of their America the Beautiful collection.

Mary McCorvie with the Shawnee National Forest says Camel Rock was an obvious choice for the design.

"I wasn’t surprised, because it’s such a spectacular land formation. And who wouldn’t want that on their quarter?" McCorvie says.

Thousands of people waited in line for the chance to snag one.

"When I first heard about it, I was so excited. And I have just been anxiously awaiting. So here I am,"  Joy Wilson says.

Adults and kids are planning to hold onto the piece of history. "Put it in a safe place, and then when I become a dad, I’ll just give it to my kids," Canon Weatherly says. 

And the best part is, everyone 18 and under gets a free quarter.

Dean Bidle with the U.S. Mint says Shawnee is one of five designs being released this year, but this one is special. "It’s very near and dear to my heart, because southern Illinois is my home. I grew up here, went to school here. I hope a lot of people come here to see it," he says.

Bidle says they’re hoping this will draw in more tourism to the area. "I think it will. How can it not with all this attention being paid to it?" he says.

McCorvie says she’s hoping people around the country cash in on the beauty on the quarter’s back by coming to see the forest’s beauty for themselves.

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