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Near Atlanta in Logan County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District

McLean / Logan Counties

 

— County Line Marker —

 
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By Al Wolf, October 5, 2008
1. Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District Marker
In 1977 this marker was badly damaged by vandalism. Local farmers and the 'Abraham Lincoln Chapter' of the 'D.A.R.' redesigned it -and- replaced a new "plate" without the Lincoln profile. A rededication ceremony was held on September 18, 1983.
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: Roads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. 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. 40° 16.908′ N, 89° 10.919′ W. Marker is near Atlanta, Illinois, in Logan County. Marker is on 2500th Street west of 2300th Avenue (County Road N 500 E), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Atlanta IL 61723, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Home on the Road (approx. 2.2 miles away); "Reisch Beer" Mural (approx. 3 miles away); "Wisteria Café" Mural (approx. 3 miles away); "Wide Awakes" March in Atlanta (approx.
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By Dr. Tom Peet, October 15, 2018
2. Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District Marker
An original county line marker plaque as displayed in the McLean County Museum of History in Bloomington, Illinois.
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3 miles away); Bunyon's Statue (approx. 3 miles away); "Palms Grill Café" Mural (approx. 3 miles away); "Atlanta: Midway on Illinois' Mother Road" Mural (approx. 3 miles away); Welcome to the Atlanta Route 66 Park (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlanta.
 
Also see . . .  The Real Lincoln Highway: The Forgotten Lincoln Circuit Markers by Guy C. Fraker. 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.) 
 
Additional commentary.
1. Also Read!

Fraker, Guy C. Looking for Lincoln in Illinois: A Guide to Lincoln’s Eighth Judicial Circuit. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 2017;
Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Major, October 19, 2020
3. Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District Marker
Restoration of the proper plaque on the McLean/Logan county-line marker by Mike Major and the DAR.
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 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,
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By Mike Major, October 20, 2020
4. Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District Marker
Restoration finished!
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 October 21, 2018, by Dr. Tom Peet of Gahanna, Ohio.

2. Future Thoughts
Should this county line marker ever need restoration, there are at least two original plaques in museums in Illinois. At the very least they could serve to create a mold so that the marker could be restored to its original glory.
    — Submitted October 22, 2018, by Dr. Tom Peet of Gahanna, Ohio.

3. Beautiful!
As of October 20, 2020 the McLean/Logan County-Line Marker has been refurbished with a new and proper plaque by Mike Major funded by the Illinois DAR. It is gorgeous!
    — Submitted July 4, 2021, by Dr. Tom Peet of Gahanna, Ohio.
 
Long View of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 5, 2008
5. Long View of Marker
Base with Name Plates image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 5, 2008
6. Base with Name Plates
Looking West ! image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 5, 2008
7. Looking West !
Looking East ! ! ! image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 5, 2008
8. Looking East ! ! !
This is what the Original  would Look Like...... image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 4, 2008
9. This is what the Original would Look Like......
All the County Line Markers image. Click for more information.
By Larry Gertner, May 5, 2021
10. 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; October 10, 2008)
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Travel with Lincoln image. Click for more information.
By Larry Gertner
11. Travel with Lincoln
All the HMDb 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 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 6, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 2,077 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 6, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.   2. submitted on October 22, 2018, by Dr. Tom Peet of Gahanna, Ohio.   3, 4. submitted on July 4, 2021, by Dr. Tom Peet of Gahanna, Ohio.   5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 6, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.   9. submitted on October 7, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.   10. submitted on May 7, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   11. submitted on June 12, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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