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Taylorville in Christian County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District

Taylorville, Illinois

 

—County-Seat Marker —

 
Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 4, 2008
1. Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District Marker
Inscription.
Abraham Lincoln
traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District ···1847 - 1857
 
Erected 1921 by the Lincoln Circuit Marking Association and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 39° 32.952′ N, 89° 17.713′ W. Marker is in Taylorville, Illinois, in Christian County. Marker is on East Main Cross Street west of South Main Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 South Main Street, Taylorville IL 62568, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Christian County Coal Miners (within shouting distance of this marker); The Last Stop (within shouting distance of this marker); Christian County (Illinois) Courthouse (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (approx. 11.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. The Real Lincoln Highway: The Forgotten Lincoln Circuit Markers by Guy C. Fraker. Is the “leading authority" on Abraham Lincoln's trail as he and his fellow lawyers worked on the Illinois Eighth Judicial District of 1847 - 1859. See Map and History of the special Marker Series written by Guy Fraker.
Marker & Christian County - Taylorville, Illinois Court House image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 4, 2008
2. Marker & Christian County - Taylorville, Illinois Court House
This is the Site of the Original Court House that Lincoln worked. The Original Court House (frame building) has been moved to the Christian County Historical Museum (East of Town on East Main Cross Street to Lincoln Trail Road.)
Over more than four hundred miles of Illinois were traveled by Lincoln and his fellow Lawyers per journey around the Circuit by horse and buggy. For students and 'they that seek' a better understanding of life in the 1860's - - this is indeed a Historical trip through the heart-land of America on the roads of Illinois. (Submitted on October 7, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 

2. All the County-Seat Markers. . . in order of Lincoln's travels through them along the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District, 1847 - 1857. (Submitted on October 10, 2008.) 

3. All the County Line Markers. . . in order of Lincoln's travels through them along the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District, 1847 - 1857. (Submitted on October 10, 2008.) 

4. Travel with Lincoln. Climb into Lincoln’s buggy and take a trip with Lincoln and his fellow lawyers on the job traveling Illinois as Circuit Lawyers. See all the Lincoln Circuit Markers (and a surprise or two), in the order of his travels while a member of the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District (of Illinois) during 1847-1857. Use the “First >>” button in the upper right to see these markers in sequence, starting from Springfield. (Submitted on October 17, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 

5. To learn more about The Last Stop...Taylorville Illinois and Abraham Lincoln. More historical information on the book: The Last Stop: Lincoln and "The Mud Circuit." Great for geneologists seeking info on Lincoln and Christian County (Submitted on December 1, 2008, by Alan Bower of Taylorville, Illinois.)
Current Court House - Taylorville, Illinois image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 4, 2008
3. Current Court House - Taylorville, Illinois
 
 
Additional comments.
1. New book on Lincoln and The Last Stop
There is a new book out called:
The Last Stop: Lincoln and the "Mud Circuit"

This book details information about Lincoln's special relationship with "the last stop". Descriptions of all 108 cases which include names of jurors, witnesses, judge, sheriff,etc. are contained along with a chronology of Lincoln's visits and a lot more. One of Lincoln's servants came from Taylorville. She visited him the day before he died. She was to return the next day for a pass to return to Illinois along with a gift of money from the president.

Lincoln had a twenty year association with this county and its county seat…Taylorville, Illinois, the last stop on the Eight Judicial Circuit. From this small village, after three months on the circuit, the weary Lincoln and his fellow circuit followers returned home. The tiny village provided 108 cases for Lincoln representing the 3rd highest number of cases of all the 14 stops on the circuit.

More information about the book can be found at http://alanbower.com
    — Submitted December 1, 2008.

 
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Original (frame) Court House at the Christian County Historical Museum image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 4, 2008
4. Original (frame) Court House at the Christian County Historical Museum
Take "Main Cross Street" to East edge of Taylorville and "Lincoln Trail Road" to Museum grounds on Left.
Old Taylorville Court House image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 4, 2008
5. Old Taylorville Court House
Locked up and waiting for the next "Circuit" of Court when Abraham Lincoln returns. He has headed home, ride along with him !
Buildings Years of Service & Locations. image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 4, 2008
6. Buildings Years of Service & Locations.
Stock & Trade - - Legal Books - - Records. image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 4, 2008
7. Stock & Trade - - Legal Books - - Records.
Original Lincoln Era - Desk - - File System for Court House. image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 4, 2008
8. Original Lincoln Era - Desk - - File System for Court House.
Left Front of Court Room - - Table for Lawyers & Litigants. image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 4, 2008
9. Left Front of Court Room - - Table for Lawyers & Litigants.
Throughout the Court house many shallow boxes partially filled with dirt for the majority that used chewing tabacco.
Table at Front facing Judge's Table. image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 4, 2008
10. Table at Front facing Judge's Table.
Judge's Table & Witness Chair. image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 4, 2008
11. Judge's Table & Witness Chair.
Jury Box & Chairs. image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 4, 2008
12. Jury Box & Chairs.
View to Back of Court House. image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 4, 2008
13. View to Back of Court House.
Chain Saw Art-work at Old Court House. image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 4, 2008
14. Chain Saw Art-work at Old Court House.
 
 
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