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Tolono in Champaign County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Lincoln in Tolono

 

—Looking for Lincoln —

 
Top Section - - Lincoln in Tolono Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 28, 2009
1. Top Section - - Lincoln in Tolono Marker
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Inscription. Abraham Lincoln traveled through Tolono by locomotive at least eighteen times. He whiled the time away for his train connections by playing horseshoes and visiting with the Tolono residents. While campaigning in Illinois, Lincoln would frequently play a game of chess with a telegrapher at the Marion house Hotel-Depot.

Tolono lies at the junction of the Great Western and Illinois Central Railroads. Tolono is privileged to have at this site an historical stone marker to honor Abraham Lincoln. Even though Lincoln traveled through Tolono several times, February 11, 1861 was significant, for on that day he gave his last formal address in the State of Illinois while on his trip to Washington D. C., saying, “I am leaving you on an errand of national importance, attended as you are aware, with considerable difficulties. Let us believe, as some poet has expressed it, ‘Behind the cloud the sun is still shining.’ I bid you an affectionate farewell.” It was a dreary, dank, drizzly day. The station was crowded with people from all over the area who had assembled at the depot platform to bid Lincoln goodbye. Many of those citizens went to the wooded park just west of the depot to obtain what protection the trees afforded. Lincoln is remembered today as a man of integrity … encouraging justice, freedom and equality.

On
Close-up Photo - - Marion House Hotel - Depot image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 28, 2009
2. Close-up Photo - - Marion House Hotel - Depot
January 3, 1861 young Adalaide Chaffee ran to the Marion house hotel-Depot to greet Lincoln when she heard he was there waiting for his connection to visit his step-mother near Charleston. Lincoln stood up from a rocker as she entered the parlor. Chaffee wrote: “He smiled, shook hands and spoke most cordially. . . .”

President-elect Lincoln’s presidential train was magnificent with flags and streamers waving from the locomotive, baggage car, and passenger car. As the locomotive rolled to a stop on February 11, 1861, cheers from thousands of people, the booming of a cannon, and the waving of handkerchiefs greeted the arrival of the special train that delivered the man they elected. In response, Lincoln stepped on the platform of his plush presidential car to bid them farewell.
 
Erected 2009 by Businesses Encouraging & Supporting Tolono, "B.E.S.T.".
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stops, and the Looking for Lincoln marker series.
 
Location. 39° 59.077′ N, 88° 15.796′ W. Marker is in Tolono, Illinois, in Champaign County. Marker is at the intersection of Long Street (U.S. 45) and West Austin Street, on the right when traveling north on Long Street. Click for map. Located in front of the
Middle Section - - Lincoln in Tolono Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 28, 2009
3. Middle Section - - Lincoln in Tolono Marker
"Fuel 24" gas station - well known through out Tolono. Marker is in this post office area: Tolono IL 61880, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stop (here, next to this marker); Potawatomi Trail of Death (approx. 4.7 miles away); Henry Sadorus (approx. 4.7 miles away); Champaign's Lincoln (approx. 9.3 miles away); The First Congregational Church (approx. 9.3 miles away); Lincoln & Photography (approx. 9.3 miles away); Urbana's Lincoln (approx. 9.3 miles away); Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (approx. 9.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Looking for Lincoln. Many resources for the Tracking of Lincoln through History and Illinois. Aimed at all ages. (Submitted on October 29, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 

2. Looking for Lincoln Video - on P. B. S. Follow Henry Louis Gates, Jr. "...from Illinois, to Gettysburg, to Washington, D. C., and face to face with people who live with Lincoln every day...". (Submitted on October 29, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 

3. 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
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By Al Wolf, October 28, 2009
4. Bottom Section - - Lincoln in Tolono Marker
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 29, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 

4. Video - - "Abraham Lincoln Biography. . ." - (Courtesy - YouTube)::. (Submitted on February 15, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
 
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Close-up Photo - - Locomotive image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 28, 2009
5. Close-up Photo - - Locomotive
Full View - - Lincoln in Tolono Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf
6. Full View - - Lincoln in Tolono Marker
Wide View - - Lincoln in Tolono Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 28, 2009
7. Wide View - - Lincoln in Tolono Marker
Other Wide View - - Lincoln in Tolono Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 28, 2009
8. Other Wide View - - Lincoln in Tolono Marker
Obverse View - - Lincoln in Tolono Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf
9. Obverse View - - Lincoln in Tolono Marker
Other Obverse View - - Lincoln in Tolono Marker Area image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 28, 2009
10. Other Obverse View - - Lincoln in Tolono Marker Area
Fuel 24 View - - Lincoln in Tolono Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 28, 2009
11. Fuel 24 View - - Lincoln in Tolono Marker
Every one in Tolono knows and appreciates Fuel 24. ..
 
 
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