Atlanta in Logan County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
"Wide Awakes" March in Atlanta
Looking for Lincoln
— 1860 —
The nation's choice banner was first used by the Atlanta Wide Awakes during a campaign rally in Lincoln, Illinois and is now on display at the Lincoln College Museum located there. The banner consisted of a rough sketch
Another banner adopted by the Atlanta Wide Awakes depicted Abraham Lincoln and his running mate, Hannibal Hamlin. This banner was given a place of honor at a political rally held in Springfield on August 8, 1860, when 80,000 people crowded the state capital to celebrate Lincoln's presidential nomination. At 10:00 A.M. that morning a massive parade began with citizens from Atlanta in attendance, carrying their Lincoln/Hamlin banner. The Lincoln/Hamlin banner was also the work of R.D. Neal and Dr. R.N. Lawrence of Atlanta. The banner measures five feet ten inches by four feet ten inches and includes images of a maul, ax, and wedge symbolizing Lincoln as the "railsplitter." This banner is on display at the Lincoln College Museum, in Lincoln, Illinois.
Erected 2008 by Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition and City of Atlanta.
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, and the Looking for Lincoln series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is June 22, 1860.
Location. 40° 15.648′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 108 NW Vine St, Atlanta IL 61723, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Wisteria Café" Mural (a few steps from this marker); Bunyon's Statue (a few steps from this marker); "Palms Grill Café" Mural (within shouting distance of this marker); "Reisch Beer" Mural (within shouting distance of this marker); "Atlanta: Midway on Illinois' Mother Road" Mural (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Atlanta Route 66 Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Knights of Pythias "Memorial Tree" Stone (within shouting distance of this marker); Field Marker Stone (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlanta.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 23, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 121 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 23, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.