“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

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


Trail of Tears Site


— Lincoln-Douglas Debate —

Anna-Jonesboro Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 29, 2020
1. Anna-Jonesboro Marker
Inscription.  Union County was created January 2, 1818, when Illinois was still a territory. County commissioners established Jonesboro as the county seat on land donated by John and Juliet Grammer.

During the frigid winter of January 1839, thousands of Cherokee, enroute from Georgia to Indian territory in Oklahoma, camped near here along Dutch Creek. Unable to cross the Mississippi due to floating ice, nearly 2000 of the 13,000 who began the "Trail of Tears" died during the journey.

In the 1850s the Illinois Central Railroad planned to run tracks through this area. Jonesboro was asked to have a survey made at a cost of $50. When the town failed to meet this requirement. Winstead Davie submitted a survey routing the railroad through his property east of Jonesboro, a town was platted in 1854 along the tracks and Davie named it "Anna" in honor of his wife, Anna Willard Davie.

On September 15, 1858, the third Lincoln-Douglas debate was held north of the Jonesboro square. Lincoln was a guest of D.L. Phillips at 511 S. Main in Anna. The debate was attended by less than 1500 people - the smallest crowd of the series.

Anna-Jonesboro Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 29, 2020
2. Anna-Jonesboro Marker
Marker is on a roadside pullout off of Illinois Rte. 146
the Civil War, Ana served as one of the rendezvous points in Illinois for troops. Eight Union regiments were assembled here. General Grant spent one week in Anna mustering in troops. In 1869 the Southern Illinois Hospital for the Insane - now the Choate Mental Health Center - was built in Anna.
Erected 2013 by P.A.S.T. of Union County and the Illinois State Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansRailroads & StreetcarsScience & MedicineWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, the Illinois State Historical Society, and the Trail of Tears series lists.
Location. 37° 27.413′ N, 89° 19.578′ W. Marker is near Jonesboro, Illinois, in Union County. Marker is on Illinois Route 146 west of Berryville Road, on the right when traveling east. Marker is on a roadside pullout three miles west of Jonesboro. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5505 825N, Jonesboro IL 62952, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Background of the Debates (approx. 3.2 miles away); Lincoln-Douglas Debates (approx. 3.2 miles away); Lincoln-Douglas Debate (approx. 3.2 miles away); Where Lincoln Walked
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(approx. 3.2 miles away); Lewis and Clark in Illinois (approx. 3.9 miles away); Scientific Mission (approx. 3.9 miles away); Jonesboro Station, Anna (approx. 4.3 miles away); Father Jacques Marquette (approx. 8.2 miles away in Missouri). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jonesboro.
More about this marker. Marker replaced another with the same name, that was erected by the Illinois State Historical Society. It was dedicated in 1966 and was in a large blue format, as was the case with some markers erected by the ISHS during that time. It contained much of the text on this one, but it did not include any history of the Native Americans and Trail of Tears. You can view the original marker here. According to the ISHS's website, this marker was dedicated on May 2, 2013.
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 40 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 29, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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