Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

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

The Architect and the Founder

 
 
The Architect and the Founder Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, September 26, 2020
1. The Architect and the Founder Marker
The title of the marker has faded but still visible from a distance.
Inscription.  Landscape architect Jens Jensen was attracted to this site because of its potential - the shoreline of the new lake, the rolling topography, the streams and drainage ways that bisected the area. There were only a few trees on this land when he began his plan. He wanted a space that was as empty as possible so he could fill it with his design. His concept was to create a "living memorial to Lincoln" using plants and trees native to the states where Lincoln had lived. Jensen intended the final version of his plan to be a guide, and he trusted Mrs. Harriet Knudson and her army of volunteers to execute his vision. Jens Jensen is seen here between Mrs. Knudson, Garden founder, and her husband Dr. T.J. Knudson.

Lincoln Memorial Garden is a nonprofit organization supported by memberships, fundraisers, bequests and donations.
 
Erected by Lincoln Memorial Garden.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & ForestryParks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 39° 41.817′ N, 89° 
The Architect and the Founder Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, September 26, 2020
2. The Architect and the Founder Marker
Marker is near one of the park's eight council rings
35.908′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Illinois, in Sangamon County. Marker can be reached from East Lake Shore Drive south of Pawnee Road. Marker is on the grounds of Abraham Lincoln Memorial Garden and Nature Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2301 E Lake Shore Dr, Springfield IL 62712, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Garden Club Volunteers (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lincoln's Landscape (about 400 feet away); Lincoln Memorial Garden (about 500 feet away); The Edwards Trace (approx. 2˝ miles away); Pioneer Park (approx. 5.2 miles away); Historic Route 66 Illinois (approx. 5.3 miles away); Cozy Dog Drive In, Springfield, Illinois (approx. 5.3 miles away); Springfield, Illinois (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
 
Also see . . .  Lincoln Memorial Garden. Official website for the 100-acre prairie and woodland garden next to Lake Springfield. (Submitted on October 15, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 15, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 15, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
Paid Advertisement
Oct. 25, 2020