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Abraham Lincoln, Deputy Surveyor, Sangamon County, Illinois Marker <i>on the left</i> image, Click for more information
By Bill Kirchner, October 3, 2014
Abraham Lincoln, Deputy Surveyor, Sangamon County, Illinois Marker on the left
Illinois (Menard County), Athens — Abraham Lincoln, Deputy Surveyor, Sangamon County, Illinois — 1833 – 1837
Abraham Lincoln's Survey of the Sangamo Town – Athens Road Relocation Beginning January 1, 1834, New Salem was to receive mail on a new schedule. The Stage was to leave Springfield each Saturday at 4:00 am for the Warren Court House . . . — Map (db m78609) HM
Illinois (Menard County), Athens — Long Nine Banquet Site
In this structure, built about 1832, residents of the Athens area held a banquet on August 3, 1837, for the 'Long Nine' - Abraham Lincoln and the other State legislators from Sangamon County. The men, whose height totaled fifty-four feet, were . . . — Map (db m78608) HM
Illinois (Menard County), Petersburg — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Petersburg, Illinois — County-Seat Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District ··· 1847 - 1857 — Map (db m12136) HM
Illinois (Menard County), Petersburg — Dr. Benjamin Franklin Stephenson — 1823 - 1871
Founder of the Grand Army of the Republic, Menard County resident, Rush Medical College graduate 1850, Surgeon 14th Illinois Volunteers 1861-1864. He originated the G.A.R. name, ritual and constitution of Post No. 1, Decatur April 6, 1866, called . . . — Map (db m12315) HM
Illinois (Menard County), Petersburg — Lincoln in Petersburg
After moving to Springfield, Abraham Lincoln would visit the Petersburg area and stay overnight at the Menard House. When Lincoln was on the Judicial Circuit, he traveled from court to court, often sleeping at the local hotel or tavern. . . . — Map (db m57373) HM
Illinois (Menard County), Petersburg — Lincoln the Surveyor
Abraham Lincoln surveyed the town of Petersburg certifying his plat on February 17,1836, five days after his 27th birthday. At the time he was still living in New Salem. He later surveyed several additions to the Petersburg plat. Though . . . — Map (db m57371) HM
Illinois (Menard County), Petersburg — AQHHMP #4 — Peter McCue — American Quarter Horse Historical Marker
Peter McCue was one of the greatest sires of the American Quarter Horse breed. Sired by Dan Tucker out of Nora M, he was foaled at Samuel Watkins' Little Grove Stock Farm on February 23, 1895. The 16-hand bay horse had tremendous speed. Watkins . . . — Map (db m78610) HM
Illinois (Menard County), Petersburg — R & D Frackelton General Store
The R & D Frackelton General Store opened on this lot in 1857. In 1865, the two-story white frame building that held the dry goods and grocery store expanded to include a bank. In 1889, that building was moved across the alley, where it currently . . . — Map (db m78613) HM
Illinois (Menard County), Petersburg — The Frackelton State Bank
In 1865, brothers Robert D. and David S. Frankelton organized a privately-owned bank. In 1889, this brick and stone building was erected. Charted as the Frackelton State Bank in 1912, it consolidated with the First National Bank of Petersburg in . . . — Map (db m78611) HM
Illinois (Menard County), Petersburg — The New Salem Lincoln League
The New Salem Lincoln League Dedicates this Memorial in Honor of William Randolph Hearst Who in 1906 purchased the site of New Salem for the Old Salem Chautauqua Association. In 1918, with the consent of Mr. Hearst, this tract was transferred . . . — Map (db m39243) HM
Illinois (Menard County), Petersburg — The Survey of Petersburg
Abraham Lincoln laid out the original sixty blocks of Petersburg, Illinois between November 1835 and February 1836. In 1832, Peter Lukins and George Warburton had laid out a few lots for a new town. Lukins and Warburton played a card . . . — Map (db m57348) HM
Illinois (Menard County), Tallula — Historic Tree
To the south stands a mature red hawthorne tree, planted around 1930 under the direction of the Garden Clubs of Illinois to beautify the highways leading to Lincoln's new Salem. Several organizations, including the Civilian Conservation Corps, . . . — Map (db m57346) HM
Illinois (Menard County), Tallula — Lincoln’s Store Partner
William F. Berry, 1811 - 1835, is buried two miles west in the cemetery of Rock Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church. His father, the Rev. John M. Berry, founded the church in 1822. Abraham Lincoln and Berry were partners in a store at New Salem in . . . — Map (db m78614) HM
Illinois (Menard County), Tallula — Mentor Graham — 1800 - 1886 — Teacher of Abraham Lincoln
"I think I may say that he was my scholar and I was his teacher." At New Salem, Lincoln read Graham's books and in 1833 studied grammar and surveying. Teacher in Kentucky and Illinois more than fifty years, Graham died in South Dakota. In 1933 his . . . — Map (db m57376) HM
Illinois (Menard County), Tallula — New Salem
The historic village of New Salem lies two miles to the north. The founders of New Salem believed it would someday become a great river port like St. Louis or Cincinnati. ironically, the town vanished after just ten years, being supplanted by the . . . — Map (db m57344) HM
Illinois (Menard County), Tallula — Prairie Land
The vast prairies of Illinois intimidated the frontier settlers that arrived here in the early 1800's. Pioneers worried about horrendous grass fires, bitter winter winds, scarcity of water, and deadly fumes seeping from the ground. The early . . . — Map (db m57347) HM
Illinois (Menard County), Tallula — Sangamon River
The Sangamon River lies just a few miles to the east. The river's flowing water served as a travel conduit for Native Americans and early European explorers to the region. Settlers also depended heavily on the river for powering their mills. The . . . — Map (db m57345) HM

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