Clinton in Dewitt County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
—Looking for Lincoln —
One day, a farm boy sat on the ‘rascal bench’ outside the Barnett Tavern. On horseback, Lincoln approached the inn and inquired about accommodation. A mischievous boy hurried over to kindly greet Lincoln and offered to get the innkeeper, but he warned Lincoln that the man was nearly deaf. So, as a courtesy, Lincoln would have to speak up when he brought the innkeeper out. When the boy returned with the proprietor, Lincoln greeted Mr. Barnett loudly. In turn, Barnett also spoke in a loud voice, for the boy had told Barnett that Lincoln was hard of hearing. Thus, the conversation continued until Lincoln asked Barnett whey he was hollering and informed him that he was not deaf. The innkeeper replied that he was not hard of hearing, either. It was not until then that the two men realized the boy had fooled them, and they shared a good laugh. The farm boy who witnessed the prank shared the story many years later, saying
Wilson Allen was suing the Illinois Central Railroad for “cutting a ditch causing water to back up on Allen’s [rural] property.” Lincoln was defending the railroad. Knowing Allen was in town, Lincoln took the opportunity of Allen’s absence from home and investigated. Lincoln walked to Allen’s residence and observed water being carried from the ditch and Mrs. Allen doing laundry in the same. Lincoln then approached and asked for a drink of water, which Mrs. Allen drew from the ditch, apologizing that the well was dry. She explained that they were also hauling the water for their livestock. Lincoln returned to the Hill residence where he was lodging and invited George Hill to court saying, “...come to town, I have something rich this afternoon.” Lincoln put on quite a show, proving the ditch to be a blessing.
Erected 2009 by Clinton Wal-Mart, Lincoln Heritage of DeWitt County.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Looking for Lincoln marker series.
Location. 40° 9.113′ N, 88° 57.624′ W. Marker is in Clinton, Illinois, in Dewitt County. Marker is on South Center Street north of Adams Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clinton IL 61727, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lincoln's Friends and Foes (within shouting distance of this marker); Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (within shouting distance of this marker); DeWitt County War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Lincoln at Work and Play (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); “You can fool all the people part of the time . . .” (about 400 feet away); Lincoln and The Law (about 700 feet away); Warner's Memories / Lawyers and Book Lovers (approx. ¼ mile away); Lincoln's Hat (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Clinton.
Also see . . .
1. 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..."
2. Looking for Lincoln. Many resources for the Tracking of Lincoln through History and Illinois. Aimed at all ages.
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 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.
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