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All Lincoln Circuit Markers, and a few others, following Lincoln's travels while a member of the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District from 1847 - 1857 Use the “First >>” button above to see these markers in sequence.
Illinois (Sangamon County), Springfield — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Springfield, Illinois — County-Seat Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District ··· 1847 - 1857 — Map (db m12134) HM
Illinois (Sangamon County), Springfield — Old State Capitol
The Old State Capitol was the fifth Statehouse in Illinois history. The building served as Capitol from 1839 to 1876. Its cornerstone was laid during ceremonies held July 4, 1837. During the 1840s and 1850s the building dominated Springfield's square and became a center of public life. Benefit dinners and other civic affairs took place in its rooms. The Legislative Chambers were the scene of frequent political meetings. Cultural programs often accompanied Legislative sessions, which attracted . . . — Map (db m4821) HM
Illinois (Sangamon County), Van Wood — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Sangamon / Menard Counties — County Line Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District 1847 - 1859 — Map (db m12209) 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 (Mason County), Havana — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Havana, Illinois — County-Seat Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District ···1847 - 1857 — Map (db m12137) HM
Illinois (Logan County), Delavan — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Logan / Tazewell Counties — County Line Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District 1847 - 1859 — Map (db m12139) HM
Illinois (Tazewell County), Tremont — Tremont Courthouse — 1839 - 1850
Abraham Lincoln attended court in the fine two story rectangular brick courthouse with four Grecian columns and copper dome on this site. Here in 1842 he was challenged to a duel by James Shields. Lincoln last spoke here August 30, 1858. — Map (db m12184) HM
Illinois (Tazewell County), Pekin — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Pekin, Illinois — County-Seat Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District ···1847 - 1857 — Map (db m12143) HM
Illinois (Woodford County), Washington — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Tazewell / Woodford Counties — County Line Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District 1847 - 1859 — Map (db m12148) HM
Illinois (Woodford County), Metamora — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Metamora, Illinois — County-Seat Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District ···1847 - 1857 — Map (db m12151) HM
Illinois (McLean County), Carlock — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Woodford / McLean Counties — County Line Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District 1847 - 1859 — Map (db m12152) HM
Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Bloomington, Illinois — County-Seat Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District ···1847 - 1857 — Map (db m12156) HM
Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — Lincoln The Lawyer — " A Rustic on his First Visit " — Looking for Lincoln
“A rustic on his first visit to the circus” is how John W. Baddeley, an English immigrant farmer described Abraham Lincoln on his first visit to the McLean County Courthouse as a young attorney in the summer of 1837. Lincoln was wearing “ill-fitting homespun clothes, the trousers a little too short, and the coat a trifle too large.” Baddeley summarily dismissed the “country bumpkin” lawyer who had been sent by his senior partner, John Todd . . . — Map (db m12362) HM
Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — My Good Friend — Judge David Davis - Mansion — Looking for Lincoln
The frame house (left) that once stood on the site of this Victorian mansion was the home of Abraham Lincoln’s trusted friend, legal associate, and political manager, David Davis (1815-1886). The two-story structure closely resembled Lincoln’s Springfield home. But the setting was very different. Built on the outskirts of Bloomington, Davis’s home was the center of a large farm. There were pastures, orchards, and flower gardens planted by David’s wife, Sarah. Rows of trees lined the drive that . . . — Map (db m12263) HM
Illinois (McLean County), Bloomington — David Davis Mansion
This Victorian Mansion was the home of Judge David Davis, an associate of Abraham Lincoln's. Construction began in 1870 and was completed in 1872. The house is built of yellow hard-burned face brick with stone quoins in the corners. It is 64 feet wide, extends 88 feet back, and has a tower that rises 50 feet above the ground. The lavish interior includes eight marble fireplaces. Davis was appointed by President Lincoln to the Supreme Court of the United States in 1862 and became a United . . . — Map (db m12249) HM
Illinois (Logan County), Atlanta — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — McLean / Logan Counties — County Line Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District 1847 - 1859 — Map (db m12162) HM
Illinois (Logan County), Lincoln — Postville Court House Site — Eighth Judicial Circuit
From 1839 to 1848 the seat of Logan County was Postville, which centered in the Court House located on this site. In this structure Abraham Lincoln, a member of the Traveling Bar of the Eighth Judicial Circuit, attended Court twice a year. — Map (db m12185) HM
Illinois (Logan County), Lincoln — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Lincoln, Illinois — County-Seat Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District ···1847 - 1857 — Map (db m12186) HM
Illinois (Logan County), Lincoln — Samuel C. Parks
At this site was located the law office of Samuel C. Parks - a friend of Abraham Lincoln. Born in Vermont in 1820, he eventually moved to Logan County, where he served with Lincoln on the Eighth judicial Circuit. The two men shared law offices in Mt. Pulaski and Lincoln, Il. Both men were jointly associated with several legal cases. Aside from his legal duties, Parks was elected to the Illinois legislature in 1854. Parks was a delegate to the first National Republican Convention in 1856 at . . . — Map (db m12352) HM
Illinois (Logan County), Mt. Pulaski — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Mt. Pulaski, Illinois — County-Seat Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District ···1847 - 1857 — Map (db m12187) HM
Illinois (Dewitt County), Kenney — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Logan / DeWitt Counties — County Line Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District 1847 - 1859 — Map (db m12193) HM
Illinois (Dewitt County), Clinton — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Clinton, Illinois — County-Seat Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District ···1847 - 1857 — Map (db m10959) HM
Illinois (Piatt County), Monticello — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Dewitt / Piatt Counties — County Line Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District 1847 - 1859 — Map (db m10993) HM
Illinois (Piatt County), Monticello — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Monticello, Illinois — County-Seat Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District ···1847 - 1857 — Map (db m10962) HM
Illinois (Piatt County), Monticello — Lincoln in Monticello — Looking for Lincoln
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 . . . — Map (db m23855) HM
Illinois (Piatt County), Monticello — Monticello Journeys — Looking for Lincoln
Lincoln’s journeys to Monticello were sometimes difficult because of the weather and his lack of popularity on some issues. Lincoln, Judge David Davis, and other members of the Bar were trying to reach Monticello in the spring of 1852, having ridden from Clinton in the rain. When they arrived at the ferry across the Sangamon River, about one mile west of town, there was no ferryman. After waiting for two hours, they swam their horses and straddled the buggy on a canoe to float across. . . . — Map (db m23813) HM
Illinois (Piatt County), Monticello — Railroads Bring Change — Looking for Lincoln
The I.C.R.R. Co. Steam locomotive was popular in the mid 1850's, when Lincoln worked for the Illinois Central. It was named “American Standard,” and latter ran from Decatur to Champaign. Locomotives were originally wood burning, and the railroad often purchased wood from local landowners. The crew frequently asked passengers to assist loading wood at fuel stops. Fuel stops were simply a platform located adjacent to a land-owner’s timber. Water was stored in a tank by the Sangamon . . . — Map (db m23808) HM
Illinois (Piatt County), Mahomet — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Piatt / Champaign Counties — County Line Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District 1847 - 1859 — Map (db m10994) HM
Illinois (Champaign County), Urbana — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Urbana, Illinois — County-Seat Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District ···1847 - 1857 — Map (db m12194) HM
Illinois (Champaign County), St. Joseph — Lincoln at Kelley's Tavern — Looking for Lincoln
Kelley’s Tavern was originally called Strong’s Inn after Cyrus Strong, who built a mud-mortar log cabin here in the 1830's. The inn at Strong’s Ford was a stop on the Bloomington or State Road from Danville west to Urbana. Kelley’s Inn was a stop for travelers on the westward migration - - and for local business. Joseph Kelley purchased the cabin from Strong in 1849, expanded it, and also provided a ferry across the Salt Fork. The four-room tavern standing at the spot was demolished in 1914. . . . — Map (db m23803) HM
Illinois (Champaign County), Homer — Beginning of the Lincoln Circuit Trail — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial Circuit
A National Historic trail of the Boy Scouts of America established in 1963 as part of the circuit traveled between Urbana and Danville, Il. By Abraham Lincoln on the Eighth Judicial District in 1847 - 1859. The trail traverses 16 miles easterly from this point, deviating North from U. S. 150 through strip-mine pollywogs to campgrounds in Kickapoo State Park near the intersection of the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River system with Vermilion Co. 32. Dedicated in 1979 to Prof. H. W. . . . — Map (db m23955) HM
Illinois (Champaign County), Homer — On The Bloomington Road / The Clark Neighborhood — Looking for Lincoln
On the Bloomington Road The Fort Clark Road, later known as the Bloomington or State Road, was an important artery for commerce between Danville and Urbana. The road was first approved in 1826 by the Illinois Assembly. It was the first state road into western Vermilion County, which in 1833 became Champaign County. The map at left is the original 1820's survey map from the state line (right) to Big Grove (Urbana). The road was resurveyed by Moses Thomas in 1835, and Prather’s Ford . . . — Map (db m23850) HM
Illinois (Champaign County), Ogden — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Champaign / Vermilion Counties — County Line Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District 1847 - 1859 — Map (db m10987) HM
Illinois (Vermilion County), Fithian — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District / A Friend of Lincoln
Larger Marker Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District 1847 - 1859 Smaller Marker In Memory John R. Thompson 1830 - 1895 A Friend of Lincoln — Map (db m11027) HM
Illinois (Vermilion County), Oakwood — Abraham Lincoln Forded Stony Creek — Riding the Judicial Circuit
At this place from 1841 to 1856 Abraham Lincoln forded Stony Creek when riding the Judicial Circuit — Map (db m10995) HM
Illinois (Vermilion County), Danville — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Danville, Illinois — County-Seat Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District ···1847 - 1857 — Map (db m10702) HM
Illinois (Vermilion County), Danville — Lincoln / Lamon Law Office — Danville, Illinois
Abraham Lincoln occupied offices in a building on this site while practicing law in the Eighth Judicial District from 1847 - 1859. — Map (db m10723) HM
Illinois (Vermilion County), Danville — Abraham Lincoln — 1841 - 1861 — Vermilion County, Illinois
Lincoln attended court in the building that stood on this spot from 1841 until elected President. He was involved in more than 200 legal procedures in Vermilion County. — Map (db m10701) HM
Illinois (Vermilion County), Danville — Abraham Lincoln at Danville Presbyterian Church
Abraham Lincoln 1841 - 1861 Lincoln attended the Presbyterian Church at this location when he was in Danville attending court. He and Reverend Enoch Kingsbury were friends. Lincoln appointed Kingsbury Postmaster when he was elected President. — Map (db m10704) HM
Illinois (Edgar County), Ridge Farm — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Vermilion / Edgar Counties — County Line Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District 1847 - 1859 — Map (db m10698) HM
Illinois (Edgar County), Paris — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Paris, Illinois — County-Seat Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District ···1847 - 1857 — Map (db m10937) HM
Illinois (Edgar County), Kansas — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Edgar / Coles Counties — County Line Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District 1847 - 1859 — Map (db m10988) HM
Illinois (Coles County), Charleston — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Charleston, Illinois — County-Seat Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District ···1847 - 1857 — Map (db m10938) HM
Illinois (Coles County), Mattoon — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Shelby / Coles Counties — County Line Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District 1847 - 1859 — Map (db m10989) HM
Illinois (Shelby County), Shelbyville — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Shelbyville, Illinois — County-Seat Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District ···1847 - 1857 Smaller Plaque: Presented to the Kuilka Chapter D. A. R. by O. J. Penwell — Map (db m11295) HM
Illinois (Shelby County), Shelbyville — Lincoln-Thornton Debate / Lincoln Circuit
Larger Marker Here Abraham Lincoln and Anthony Thornton June 15, 1856 debated for and against Freedom in our territories. It was the initial speech that made Lincoln President and The Great Emancipator. Smaller Marker Lincoln Circuit 1847 - 1858 He practised law here occupied a room in the hotel then known as Tackets Tavern. — Map (db m11294) HM
Illinois (Moultrie County), Sullivan — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Sullivan, Illinois — County-Seat Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District ···1847 - 1857 — Map (db m10955) HM
Illinois (Moultrie County), La Place — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Moultrie / Macon Counties — County Line Marker
Note plaque is missing: Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District 1847 - 1859 — Map (db m53237) HM
Illinois (Macon County), Decatur — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Decatur, Illinois — County-Seat Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District ···1847 - 1857 — Map (db m10956) HM
Illinois (Macon County), Decatur — Macon County's First Court House — Bronze Replica — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District
In which Abraham Lincoln once practiced Law stood West of this Marker. 1829 - 1838 Replica placed by Decatur and Macon County Heritage Committee. — Map (db m12197) HM
Illinois (Christian County), Mount Auburn — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Macon / Christian Counties — County Line Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District 1847 - 1859 — Map (db m12200) HM
Illinois (Christian County), Taylorville — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Taylorville, Illinois — County-Seat Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District ···1847 - 1857 — Map (db m12204) HM
Illinois (Sangamon County), Breckenridge — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Christian / Sangamon Counties — County Line Marker
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District 1847 - 1859 — Map (db m12210) HM
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