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Breckenridge in Sangamon County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District

Christian / Sangamon Counties

 

— County Line Marker —

 
Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dr. Tom Peet, October 12, 2018
1. Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District Marker
Christian/Sangamon marker as of October, 2018
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.
 
Location. 39° 41.027′ N, 89° 25.489′ W. Marker is in Breckenridge, Illinois, in Sangamon County. Marker is on Consolidated Road (County Road E 2300N) west of County Route 29, on the right when traveling west. There is a County road sign "12E" for a non-existant road at the marker location by bridge over a creek. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rochester IL 62563, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Edwards Trace (approx. 8.9 miles away); Lincoln Memorial Garden (approx.
Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 4, 2008
2. Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District Marker
9.2 miles away); Lincoln's Landscape (approx. 9.2 miles away); Garden Club Volunteers (approx. 9.2 miles away); The Architect and the Founder (approx. 9.3 miles away); The Last Stop (approx. 11.6 miles away); Christian County Coal Miners (approx. 11.6 miles away); a different marker also named Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (approx. 11.6 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 7, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 

2. All the County-Seat Markers. . . in order of Lincoln's travels through them along the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial
Marker Base image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 4, 2008
3. Marker Base
Looks like base is just common cement. There are no County Name Plates.
District, 1847 - 1857. (Submitted on October 10, 2008.) 

3. Travel with Lincoln. 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.) 
 
Additional comments.
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; 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,
Looking East image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 4, 2008
4. Looking East
So well hidden by the tree line that we drove right by it. Finally located it on the way back out to the main road.
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 October 21, 2018, by Dr. Tom Peet of Gahanna, Ohio.
 
Tree View image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 4, 2008
5. Tree View
Closer View - - Note Road Sign - but No Road. image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 4, 2008
6. Closer View - - Note Road Sign - but No Road.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 7, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,955 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 20, 2018, by Dr. Tom Peet of Gahanna, Ohio.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 7, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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