“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lincoln in Logan County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Lincoln's Lot

Lincoln's Lot Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, September 27, 2020
1. Lincoln's Lot Marker
Inscription.  Abraham Lincoln owned this lot here at 523 Pulaski Street. Lincoln acquired this original Town Lot Three in Block Nineteen from James Primm. Lincoln had endorsed a $400 note for Primm and on March 11, 1858, Primm deeded the lot to Lincoln to reimburse him for the unpaid note. After Lincoln's death in April, 1865, the lot passed in ownership to Lincoln's widow, Mary Todd Lincoln, then on to her oldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln who later sold it to David H. Harts of Lincoln.

Lincoln is shown paying his taxes on that lot. (Visible in the background with the small shed erected on it). The man in the picture with Lincoln is Lewis Rosenthal, a deputy sheriff and a collector of real estate taxes under the Logan County Sheriff in 1858. Noting that Lincoln's lot was unused, Rosenthal had erected the shed on it for the purpose of stabling horses. When Lincoln asked if the man who was using his lot should not pay his taxes, Rosenthal replied that the man wasn't good for it. Finally, Rosenthal admitted to Lincoln that he was using the lot. Lincoln replied with a twinkle in his eye, "hand over the receipt, I guess I'm in for it."

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from Lawrence B. Stringer's 1911 History of Logan County.

This original work by Lloyd Ostendorf was sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Norman Werth and family, in cooperation with the Logan County Abraham Lincoln Heritage Foundation.

This exhibit is sponsored by the Logan Railsplitting Association in Memory of Lester O. Sheridan, Founder of the Logan County Abraham Lincoln Heritage Foundation Erected 2007
Erected by Logan Railsplitting Association.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 11, 1858.
Location. 40° 8.725′ N, 89° 21.769′ W. Marker is in Lincoln, Illinois, in Logan County. Marker is on Pulaski Street north of South McLean Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 523 Pulaski St, Lincoln IL 62656, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. This Lot was Owned by Abraham Lincoln (a few steps from this marker); Lincoln Rallies the People (within shouting distance of this marker); Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Logan County Circuit Court (about 300 feet
Lincoln's Lot Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, September 27, 2020
2. Lincoln's Lot Marker
Marker is mounted on the Sherwin-Williams building.
away); Samuel C. Parks (about 400 feet away); Logan County's Civil War Dead (about 400 feet away); Lincoln Rustic Scene of Conspiracy (about 500 feet away); The Lincoln House (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lincoln.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 7, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 104 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 7, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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Jun. 9, 2023