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Atlanta in Logan County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

1870 Atlanta Public School Stone

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, September 28, 2020
1. 1870 Atlanta Public School Stone Marker
Inscription.  This stone is from the façade of the Atlanta Public School constructed in 1870 to replace the town's original Seminary Building. The 1870 school included 10 schoolrooms, a spacious recital hall, and an office. An $800 Seth Thomas, four-dial clock was located in a cupola tower atop the building. The clock rang for the first time on August 10, 1871. According to the Atlanta Argus, "It could be heard all over town, giving students and parents alike no excuse for tardiness in arriving for classes."

The school's clock stopped at 3:35pm on July 21, 1908 when the building was destroyed by fire. The Argus reported, "It is supposed that the fire originated from a spark from a burning brush pile. A lot of trees in the schoolyard have recently been sacrificed and in cleaning up the brush a large bonfire was made not a great distance from the building, Likely the fire in this way communicated to the dry shingle roof and it was not long until the whole building was ablaze."
 
Erected by City of Atlanta, Illinois.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education
1870 Atlanta Public School Stone Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, September 28, 2020
2. 1870 Atlanta Public School Stone Marker
Parks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 40° 15.635′ N, 89° 13.912′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Illinois, in Logan County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South East Race Street and SW Arch Street. Marker is located at Atlanta's Route 66 Park, with several other markers. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 109 S E Race 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. Atlanta High School Cornerstone (here, next to this marker); Knights of Pythias "Memorial Tree" Stone (here, next to this marker); Field Marker Stone (here, next to this marker); Welcome to the Atlanta Route 66 Park (a few steps from this marker); Wheels of Fortune on 66 (a few steps from this marker); Drinking Fountain (a few steps from this marker); "Atlanta: Midway on Illinois' Mother Road" Mural (a few steps from this marker); "J.M. Judy & Son's" Mural (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlanta.
 
Route 66 Park image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, September 28, 2020
3. Route 66 Park
Marker is located here, along with several local pieces of history.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 14, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 33 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 14, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.   3. submitted on November 25, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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Mar. 2, 2021