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Lincoln Rustic Scene of Conspiracy

 
 
Lincoln Rustic Scene of Conspiracy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 5, 2008
1. Lincoln Rustic Scene of Conspiracy Marker
Inscription. In the Spring of 1876 a gang of counterfeiters plotted to steal the body of Abraham Lincoln from the Tomb in Springfield, Illinois. Hoping to be paid a ransom of $200,000.00 and the release of one of their gang, Ben Boyd, their engraver, who was in the penitentiary. This was the location of their headquarters in Central Illinois. Here a part of the conspiracy was plotted. Through the efforts of a man named W. D. Longnecker, a detective, the plot was uncovered and for awhile the plot was foiled here in Mr. Lincoln's namesake city. In the Fall of 1876 an unsuccessful attempt was made to steal the body of the Martyred President and later the counterfeiters were prosecuted.
 
Erected by Lincoln Rustic Inn Inc.
 
Location. 40° 8.783′ N, 89° 21.834′ W. Marker is in Lincoln, Illinois, in Logan County. Marker is on Pulaski Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 412 Pulaski Street, Lincoln IL 62656, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Samuel C. Parks (within shouting distance of this marker); Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Lincoln House
Building - Location of the Conspiracy image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 5, 2008
2. Building - Location of the Conspiracy
(about 400 feet away); This Lot was Owned by Abraham Lincoln (about 400 feet away); Centennial Park (about 500 feet away); Lincoln's Lincoln (about 500 feet away); Abraham Lincoln and Lincoln, Illinois (about 500 feet away); Postville Court House Site (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lincoln.
 
Regarding Lincoln Rustic Scene of Conspiracy. A mural inside the Rustic Inn depicted the conspirators discussing their plans over drinks with the bartender overhearing. The bartender allegedly reported his news to the authorities who later captured the offenders.
 
Also see . . .  The Plot to Steal Lincoln's Body: A Conspiracy in the Rustic Tavern (1876). Near the bottom of this web site is a discussion about the consipirators and the Rustic Tavern, site of this marker. It includes historical photographs of this building through the years. (Submitted on October 13, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
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Wider View of the Building image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 5, 2008
3. Wider View of the Building
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,292 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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