Circuit Court Stop
Mid-19th Century Lawyers riding the eighth judicial circuit sometimes found that local accommodations left much to be desired. If they were lucky, a prosperous local resident would invite them into their home. If not, they were at the mercy of local tavern owners. Abraham Lincoln's good friend, circuit judge David Davis, wrote his wife in April 1851 about the Mt. Pulaski House Hotel (the town's first brick building that once stood directly across the street on the north corner): "...The tavern at Pulaski is perhaps the hardest place you ever saw...Everything dirty & the eating Horrible...Lincoln, Stuart & everybody else from Springfield [are here]. The old woman looked as we would suppose the witch of Endor looked. She has a grown daughter, who waited on the table-table greasy, table cloth greasy, floor greasy and everything else ditto. The girl was dressed in red calico...I wonder if she ever washed herself. I guess dirt must be an inch thick all over her..." Interestingly, Lincoln himself seldom if ever complained about the crude conditions he and his companions often encountered on their circuit travels.
Abraham Lincoln in his own hand drafted the original legislative bill that created Logan County. The county became part of the Eighth judicial circuit in 1839---which circuit became the primary locus of Lincoln's
Lizzie Lushbaugh retained vivid memories of Lincoln's visit to her father's Mt. Pulaski home when he traveled here for circuit court. The Thomas P. Lushbaugh family had previously been Springfield neighbors of the Lincolns. "When Mr. Lincoln at at our table his hair was always rumpled and he was constantly running his long fingers through it," Lizzie recalled. While Lincoln kept up a lively conversation, it was her duty to keep flies off the table by "swinging a brush made of fancy paper cut in strips" since there were no insect screens. Lincoln was also friends of Jebez Capps---one of Mt. Pulaski's earliest pioneers. When Capps first arrived his family slept on beds of cut prairie grass and cooked food over the hole of an old wolf's den.
Erected 2010 by Looking For Lincoln Heritage coalition.
Location. 40° 0.546′ N, 89° 17.089′ W. Marker is in Mt. Pulaski, Illinois, in Logan County. Marker is on Washington Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Pulaski IL 62548, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mt. Pulaski Court House (a few steps from this marker); Lincoln's Law Practice (within shouting distance of this marker); Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (within shouting distance of this marker); Bi-Plane - Train Race 1910 (approx. 0.3 miles away); This Lot was Owned by Abraham Lincoln (approx. 10.3 miles away); Logan County Circuit Court (approx. 10.3 miles away); a different marker also named Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (approx. 10.3 miles away); Samuel C. Parks (approx. 10.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mt. Pulaski.
Also see . . . Circuit Court Stop YouTube Speedlearner. This will take you to the video I recorded about this sign. Feel free to come and watch. (Submitted on March 28, 2011, by Ted Hickox of Decatur, Illinois.)
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