Decatur in Macon County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Macon County's First Court House
— 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.
Erected 1973 by Stephen Decatur Chapter National Society D.A.R., Decatur and Macon County Heritage Committee.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. 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 1829.
Location. 39° 50.478′ N, 88° 57.363′ W. Marker is in Decatur, Illinois, in Macon County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street and South Main Street (Illinois Highway 51), on the right when traveling east on West Main Street. Marker and Bronze replica Court House is on southwest corner of intersection. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Decatur IL 62521, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Let Us All Be United (here, next to this marker); Coming to Illinois (within shouting distance of this marker); Lincoln on the Circuit (within shouting distance of this marker); Lincoln's First Speech (within shouting distance of this marker); Abraham Lincoln's First Political Speech (within shouting distance of this marker); Choosing a President (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wake Up, Lincoln! (about 400 feet away); Finding the Biggest Man (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Decatur.
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 7, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
2. First Macon County Courthouse, Fairview Park (moved from Main Street), Decatur, Macon, IL(Submitted on June 29, 2012.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 7, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 2,188 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 7, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. 8. submitted on June 29, 2012. 9. submitted on July 6, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.