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Old Shawneetown in Gallatin County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Rawlings' Hotel

 
 
Rawlings' Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, August 11, 2020
1. Rawlings' Hotel Marker
Inscription.  One of Shawneetown's earliest brick buildings, Rawlings' Hotel, stood on this lot. It was built in 1821-1822 for Moses Rawlings, who owned until 1841. On May 7, 1825, it was the site of a reception held for the Marquis de Lafayette during his visit to America, 1824-1825. Accompanied by Illinois' Governor Edward Coles and other dignitaries, Lafayette walked between two long lines of people from the river's edge to the hotel. The building was one of eleven destroyed by fire, June 23, 1904.
 
Erected 1968 by Gallatin County Historical Society and the Illinois State Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Illinois State Historical Society, and the Lafayette’s Farewell Tour series lists.
 
Location. 37° 41.81′ N, 88° 8.051′ W. Marker is in Old Shawneetown, Illinois, in Gallatin County. Marker is on Main Street north of Old Shawneetown Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 668 Main St, Shawneetown IL 62984, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lafayette's Tour (here, next to this marker); Kaskaskia-Shawneetown and Goshen Trails (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lewis and Clark in Illinois (about 400 feet away); Lewis & Clark Expedition (about 400 feet away); The Spirit of Shawneetown (about 400 feet away); General Logan's Marriage (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tent City (approx. 0.2 miles away); The John Marshall Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Old Shawneetown.
 
Regarding Rawlings' Hotel. According to the IL Gen Web project website, the Daughters of the American Revolution also erected a marker at the former Rawlings' Hotel spot, but is now gone.
 
Rawlings' Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, August 11, 2020
2. Rawlings' Hotel Marker
Marker is a bit distant from the street (view from sidewalk)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 13, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 419 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 13, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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