Atlas in Pike County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Site of the First Permanent Seat of Justice in Pike County
Erected 1935 by Nancy Ross Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
Location. 39° 30.799′ N, 90° 58.169′ W. Marker is in Atlas, Illinois, in Pike County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 54 and Illinois Route 96, on the right when traveling west on U.S. 54. Marker is on the northwest corner. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rockport IL 62370, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured Oldest Building in Pike County (here, next to this marker); Welcome to Illinois (approx. 3.2 miles away); Civil War Monument (approx. 3½ miles away); John Brooks Henderson (approx. 5.9 miles away in Missouri); Site of First Building in Pleasant Hill (approx. 7 miles away); Louisiana (approx. 8.2 miles away in Missouri); William Grimshaw House (approx. 10.6 miles away); Reuben Scanland House (approx. 10.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlas.
1. Colonel William Ross
William Ross also built the first brick home in Pike County, right across the street from this building. It was a grand two-story farmhouse (borderline mansion) but was torn down in the 1980s.
He had such great hopes in Atlas that he argued with John Wood, who was building up Quincy at the same time Ross was building up Atlas, that he felt sorry for Quincy due to its close proximity to the soon-to-be great city of Atlas. Sadly, Atlas is now a small village while Quincy is a successful city.
Despite Ross’s faith in Atlas, he loaned the money needed to buy the land desired for the new centrally located county seat of Pittsfield. In Pittsfield, he built the first home. This was a two-story Greek Revival house about one block away
— Submitted July 26, 2019, by Emily Pursley of Pittsfield, Illinois.
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 5, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 360 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 5, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.