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Pittsfield in Pike County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Star Hotel

Lincoln Stayed Here

 

— built ca. 1840's —

 
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By Emily Pursley, December 19, 2018
1. Star Hotel Marker
Inscription.  Built by Capt. George T. Edwards, born March 25, 1814, who emigrated from Tennessee in 1828, and settled in Pittsfield in 1835. Capt. Edwards was active in a number of businesses, including teaming, farming, grocery, mail-contracting & hotel keeping. He served as a constable, deputy sheriff and sheriff. Capt. Edwards enlisted in the army at the age of 48 and served in Company A of the 99th Il. Regiment during the Civil War. The Watson Family eventually purchased the Star Hotel and resold it to Dr. Thomas Wesley Shastid. The Watsons told the Shastids “Abe Lincoln used to stay in the hotel when he was in Pittsfield.”
 
Erected by The Abe Lincoln Project and Looking for Lincoln in Pike County.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 39° 36.552′ N, 90° 48.255′ W. Marker is in Pittsfield, Illinois, in Pike County. Marker is at the intersection of Jefferson Street and Monroe Street, on the right when traveling west on Jefferson
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By Emily Pursley, December 16, 2018
2. Star Hotel
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Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pittsfield IL 62363, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site Of The Free Press Newspaper (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Shastid House (about 600 feet away); In Memoriam (approx. 0.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Commemorating (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Memory of John Thomson Hodgen, M.D. and Henry Hodgen Mudd, M.D. (approx. 0.2 miles away); John G. Nicolay (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of the Daniel H. Gilmer Home and Law Office. (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pittsfield.
 
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By Emily Pursley, December 19, 2018
3. Star Hotel
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 14, 2019, by Emily Pursley of Pittsfield, Illinois. This page has been viewed 102 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on January 17, 2019, by Emily Pursley of Pittsfield, Illinois. Photos:   1. submitted on January 15, 2019, by Emily Pursley of Pittsfield, Illinois.   2, 3. submitted on January 14, 2019, by Emily Pursley of Pittsfield, Illinois. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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