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Jonesboro in Union County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Lincoln-Douglas Debate

 
 
Lincoln-Douglas Debate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 26, 2020
1. Lincoln-Douglas Debate Marker
Inscription.  On September 15, 1858, in the midst of the senatorial campaign of that year, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas met at Jonesboro in the third of the famous series of debates which made Lincoln a national figure. The debate was held in a grove one quarter mile to the north.
 
Erected 1935 by The State of Illinois.
 
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 Illinois State Historical Society series lists.
 
Location. 37° 27.083′ N, 89° 16.113′ W. Marker is in Jonesboro, Illinois, in Union County. Marker is at the intersection of West Broad Street (Illinois Route 146) and Main Street (Illinois Route 127), on the right when traveling east on West Broad Street. Marker is located at the west end in the middle of a circular turn-around. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 W Broad St, Jonesboro IL 62952, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Where Lincoln Walked (within shouting distance of this marker); Lincoln-Douglas Debates
Lincoln-Douglas Debate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 26, 2020
2. Lincoln-Douglas Debate Marker
Close up of marker in front of the park with a fountain
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Background of the Debates (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jonesboro Station, Anna (approx. 1.3 miles away); Anna-Jonesboro (approx. 3.2 miles away); Scientific Mission (approx. 7 miles away); Lewis and Clark in Illinois (approx. 7 miles away); King Neptune (approx. 7˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jonesboro.
 
Also see . . .  The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 (NPS). From the National Park Services website, this is a list of all of the places where the Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas debated in Illinois for the Senate seat. They agreed to debate in seven of the nine Congressional districts in Illinois. Quincy, Ottawa, Jonesboro and Galesburg were other places that the two men debated on the future of the United States. Each debate city/town has its own link, and by clicking on it you can learn more details over what the two men fought about, as well as notable quotes. (Submitted on November 27, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
Lincoln-Douglas Debate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 26, 2020
3. Lincoln-Douglas Debate Marker
Wide view of park (looking south), in a circular turn-around area. Marker is partly obscured by the stop sign.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 27, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 48 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 27, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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