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Near Carlock in McLean County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District

Woodford / McLean Counties

 

— County Line Marker —

 
Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 5, 2008
1. Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District Marker
Inscription.  
Abraham Lincoln
traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District
1847 - 1859

 
Erected 1922 by the Lincoln Circuit Marking Association and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1847.
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 40° 36.69′ N, 89° 7.774′ W. Marker was near Carlock, Illinois, in McLean County. Marker was on County Road N 750 E north of County Road E 2250N, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Carlock IL 61725, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Normal, Illinois (approx. 10.2 miles away); A Station and a Home (approx. 10.2 miles away); Illinois Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's School
Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Corey Meyer, December 28, 2014
2. Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District Marker
Note Bullet Hole
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(approx. 10.2 miles away); Highland Historic District (approx. 10.8 miles away); Van Leer's Broadview Mansion Bell (approx. 10.9 miles away); Cedar Crest Historic District (approx. 10.9 miles away); Historic Camelback Bridge (approx. 11 miles away); Franklin Square Historic District (approx. 11.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. The Real Lincoln Highway: The Forgotten Lincoln Circuit Markers by Guy C. Fraker. Is the “leading authority" on Abraham Lincoln's trail as he and his fellow lawyers worked on the Illinois Eighth Judicial District of 1847 - 1859. See Map and History of the special Marker Series written by Guy Fraker. Over more than four hundred miles of Illinois were traveled by Lincoln and his fellow Lawyers per journey around the Circuit by horse and buggy. For students and 'they that seek' a better understanding of life in the 1860's - - this is indeed a Historical trip through the heart-land of America on the roads of Illinois. (Submitted on October 6, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 

2. Fraker, Guy C. Looking for Lincoln in Illinois: A Guide to Lincoln’s Eighth Judicial Circuit.. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 2017; 130 pp.

If you’ve ever wanted to retrace Abraham Lincoln’s footsteps as a lawyer, Guy Fraker’s A Guide to Lincoln’s Eighth Judicial Circuit is exactly the book you need and a great starting point for your journey, even if you only take it vicariously.

The third in the series of “Looking for Lincoln” guidebooks by the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition, A Guide to Lincoln’s Eighth Judicial
Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Corey Meyer, December 2014
3. Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District Marker
This photo shows the repaired and replaced marker in Dec. 2014
Circuit is the best way to tour the circuit short of having Guy Fraker, a retired lawyer, lead you in person. Printed on high quality glossy paper with dozens of color and black and white photographs and pictures, Fraker divides the tour into four segments, each of which has a basic map (not really adequate to use as a guide but much better than nothing), excellent turn-by-turn instructions, the locations of County Line Markers and Courthouse Markers, Wayside Exhibits, Lincoln points of interest, background information on people, places, and legal cases, unique Lincoln stories, as well as the inns and hotels where the legal entourage frequently stayed while on the circuit.

Only two Courthouses in which Lincoln practiced law exist today, one in Metamora and the other in Mt. Pulaski, and both are gems. James Cornelius, curator of the Lincoln Collection at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, suggests that three or four days be set aside to properly take in all the sites, and I agree with him.

My son Alex and I scheduled a week, one day for each segment of Fraker’s tour plus three days in Springfield, and that was more than adequate. I also purchased a DeLorme map of Illinois with detailed county maps and that made life on the circuit much easier. (Submitted on October 21, 2018, by Dr. Tom Peet of Gahanna, Ohio.)
Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Major, October 21, 2020
4. Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District Marker
The Woodford/McLean County-Line Marker as restored in 2020 by Mike Major with the support and funding of the Illinois DAR. -- Dr. Tom Peet
 
 
Additional commentary.
1. Lincoln 8th Judicial Marker: Carlock, Il.
At one time this marker had gone missing. As of the end of 2014 the marker has been replaced. It appears to have had an new concrete structure created similar to the originals but less ornate.

The marker has been replaced on its original base and placed on the McLean-Woodford County line.

However, on close inspection of the bronze plaque, it appears to bear the scar of a bullet wound. At some point the marker has been used for target practice. There does seem to be some concrete patching on the back of the marker as well. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted January 6, 2015, by Corey Meyer of El Paso, Illinois.
 
County Name Plates on Base of the Marker. image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 5, 2008
5. County Name Plates on Base of the Marker.
Looking North - - Woodford County image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 5, 2008
6. Looking North - - Woodford County
Looking South - - McLean County image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 5, 2008
7. Looking South - - McLean County
All the County Line Markers image. Click for more information.
By Larry Gertner, May 5, 2021
8. All the County Line Markers
HMDB marker entries, in order of Lincoln's travels through them along the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District, 1847 - 1857
(Kevin W. of Stafford Virginia)
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Travel with Lincoln image. Click for more information.
By Larry Gertner
9. Travel with Lincoln
All the HMBD 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.
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.
(Submitted on October 17, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 6, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 2,354 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 6, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.   2, 3. submitted on January 7, 2015, by Corey Meyer of El Paso, Illinois.   4. submitted on July 6, 2021, by Dr. Tom Peet of Gahanna, Ohio.   5, 6, 7. submitted on October 6, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.   8. submitted on May 7, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   9. submitted on July 11, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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