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Monticello in Piatt County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Lincoln in Monticello

 

—Looking for Lincoln —

 
Top Section - - Lincoln in Monticello Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 28, 2009
1. Top Section - - Lincoln in Monticello Marker
(Click any of these photos to see details.)
Inscription. The Tenbrook Hotel, the building shown on the right-hand side of the photo (which was taken at the end of the Civil War), was the site where Lincoln and other members of the bar lodged when traversing the Eighth Judicial Circuit. Lincoln traveled this circuit to Monticello from 1845 to 1858. Lincoln and Judge David Davis were the only lawyers who traveled all the way around the complete circuit, which was estimated to amount to a journey of two hundred miles, all of it over muddy roads and prairie trails. The Tenbrook Hotel is located at the spot where the Dairy Queen now stands.

According to Mrs. Caleb Tatman, Lincoln was the life of the party when the members of the bar were boarding at the Tenbrook (Tavern) Hotel while the circuit court was in session. Lincoln was responsible for creating quite a scene when he persuaded some children, who were playing with a pig’s bladder, which had been blown up and tied securely, to heat the “balloon” in the fireplace. The “balloon” blew up and scattered coals from the fire all over the room. When Lincoln tried to sweep up the hot coals, the broom caught on fire and was completely ruined. At this point, Lincoln discovered that he was overdue at court and rushed from the scene. A new broom had to be ordered from Springfield. In Lincoln’s day
Close-up Photo - - Tenbrook (Tavern) Hotel - Right side of Photo image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 28, 2009
2. Close-up Photo - - Tenbrook (Tavern) Hotel - Right side of Photo
hotels were quite primitive. John P. Tenbrook was the son of Abraham and Catherine (Piatt) Tenbrook. John and his wife moved to Monticello in 1838. The original Tenbrook Hotel, built in 1839, was a one-room cabin with a shed addition. When Lincoln stayed there, in the 1840's and 1850's, it had grown to seven or eight rooms. It was the first hotel in Monticello.

The courthouse played a prominent role in the downtown. The original courthouse 1839 - 1853, began as a two-room building used by a tailor when court was not in session. It was often remarked that the suits the tailor made were more important than many of the suits tried by the courts. The original building was known as the Devore House or Old Fort. It was located on West Washington St. The first Piatt County Circuit Court was held May 1, 1841. The second courthouse, 1856 - 1903, pictured in the drawing, was located in the center of the Square. The present courthouse was built in 1903. The watercolor of the downtown was done by Dale Summers in 1937 for the centennial, based on an 1860 drawing by Thomas Moffit.
 
Erected 2009 by City of Monticello and Monticello Chamber of Commerce.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Looking for Lincoln marker series.
 
Location. 40° 1.481′ 
Middle Section - - Lincoln in Monticello Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 28, 2009
3. Middle Section - - Lincoln in Monticello Marker
N, 88° 34.309′ W. Marker is in Monticello, Illinois, in Piatt County. Marker is on East Main Street east of South State Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located in Mini-Park which is South East of the Courthouse Square. Marker is at or near this postal address: 107 East Main Street, Monticello IL 61856, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Piatt County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Monticello Journeys (approx. 0.2 miles away); Trail of Death (approx. 0.3 miles away); Potawatomi Trail of Death (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lincoln - Douglas (approx. 1.2 miles away); Railroads Bring Change (approx. 2.1 miles away); Bement Goes to War (approx. 7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Monticello.
 
Also see . . .
1. "Champaign County's Lincoln" : :. There are a number of links - with - a number of things for children of ages to do (as well as teachers). Worth the search.! (Submitted on October 30, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 

2. 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
Bottom Section - - Lincoln in Monticello Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 28, 2009
4. Bottom Section - - Lincoln in Monticello Marker
(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 30, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 

3. Looking for Lincoln::. Many resources for the Tracking of Lincoln through History and Illinois. Aimed at all ages. (Submitted on October 30, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 

4. 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 30, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 
 
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Close-up Photo - - "Water-color" of Second Courthouse - 1856-1903 image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 28, 2009
5. Close-up Photo - - "Water-color" of Second Courthouse - 1856-1903
Full View - - Lincoln in Monticello Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf
6. Full View - - Lincoln in Monticello Marker
Obverse Side - - Lincoln in Monticello Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 28, 2009
7. Obverse Side - - Lincoln in Monticello Marker
Note the "Dairy Queen" in the background of the photo. This is where "Tenbrook (Tavern) Hotel" use to sit.
Looking East - - Lincoln in Monticello Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 28, 2009
8. Looking East - - Lincoln in Monticello Marker
Other East View - - Lincoln in Monticello Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 28, 2009
9. Other East View - - Lincoln in Monticello Marker
Looking South - - Lincoln in Monticello Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 28, 2009
10. Looking South - - Lincoln in Monticello Marker
 
 
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