Lincoln in Logan County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Abraham Lincoln at Postville
This exhibit was donated to Postville Courthouse, State Historic Site by Bernard & Anastasia Behrends
Judge Treat, Sheriff Deskins and Abraham Lincoln are shown conversing in front of the Postville Courthouse in Postville, now Lincoln, Illinois. The Postville Courthouse was the oldest courthouse on the old eight judicial circuit which Lincoln traveled for a quarter of a century. In The History of Logan County written by Judge Lawrence B. Stringer, an account of an 1843 trial at Postville is given. According to this account, Lincoln discovered about halfway through a trial that his client was trying to collect a note for a second time. The judge called a recess and upon reconvening could not find Lincoln. He sent sheriff Deskins to find him and subsequently found him in the Postville Park playing town ball. When told that the judge wanted him Lincoln was to have remarked, "Doc, tell the judge I can't come, my hands are dirty and I want to clean them." When told this, Judge Treat was to have simply remarked, "Honest Abe."
This original work by Lloyd Ostendorf was sponsored by the Lincoln Radiator and Power Equipment Company of Lincoln with the Logan County Abraham Lincoln Heritage Foundation.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series list.
Location. 40° 8.834′ N, 89° 22.827′ W. Marker is in Lincoln, Illinois, in Logan County. Marker can be reached from 5th Street (Business Interstate 55) east of South Madison Street. Marker is in front of the old Postville courthouse replica. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 914 5th 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. Postville Courthouse State Historic Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Postville Court House Site (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of Abraham Lincoln (within shouting distance of this marker); Deskins Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Judge Davis and Lincoln at Deskins Inn (within shouting distance of this marker); Postville Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Mill on 66 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Roadside Attractions (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lincoln.
Also see . . .
1. Postville Courthouse State Historic Site on Wikipedia. The replica courthouse was built in 1953, and is operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. (Submitted on November 7, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
2. Postville Courthouse. From the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' website. (Submitted on November 7, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
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 42 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 7, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.