Anna in Union County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Jonesboro Station, Anna
Looking for Lincoln
— 1858 —
When Abraham Lincoln came to Union County in 1858 for the third debate with Stephen Douglas, he traveled by railroad from Centralia with his friend, D.L. Phillips of Anna. Phillips was land agent for the Illinois Central Railroad and was one of about fifty Republican voters in the county. The two men walked to the Phillips home on South Main Street where Lincoln stayed for two nights. After the evening meal, they went to the Union House Hotel in Jonesboro to visit
Southern Illinois has long been known for premium fruits, vegetables, flowers, lumber, and livestock. The railroad was the key to getting those products to urban markets. Now isolated people could interact with the rest of the world in a timely fashion. Other than the county's natural attributes and the people's work ethic and tenacity, little affected the area economy as much as the railroad. Because of the railroad and the town's proximity to Cairo, Anna became a rendezvous point for Civil War regiments from the State of Illinois. Thousands of soldiers assembled, camped, and trained in Anna and Jonesboro. General Grant spent five days here mustering in troops. In the early 1900's, Anna native John Pelley rose from his job as local baggage boys to the presidency of the Association of American Railroads. The new brick depot carried his name.
Erected 2009 by Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition and the Lincoln-Douglas Jonesboro Debate Sesquicentennial Committee.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Railroads & Streetcars • Women. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, the Looking for Lincoln, and the Trail of Tears series lists.
Location. 37° 27.619′ N, 89° 14.881′ W. Marker is in Anna, Illinois, in Union County. Marker is on West Davie Street west of South Main Street (Illinois Route 146), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 113 W Davie St, Anna IL 62906, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lincoln-Douglas Debates (approx. 1.1 miles away); Background of the Debates (approx. 1.2 miles away); Where Lincoln Walked (approx. 1.3 miles away); Lincoln-Douglas Debate (approx. 1.3 miles away); Anna-Jonesboro (approx. 4.3 miles away); They Passed This Way (approx. 6.4 miles away); King Neptune (approx. 6.4 miles away); a different marker also named King Neptune (approx. 6˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anna.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 29, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 52 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 29, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.