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Columbia in Monroe County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Franklin Inn & Buck Tavern

S Main St & S Liberty St

 

— Historic Main Street —

 
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By Thomas Smith, May 18, 2021
1. Franklin Inn & Buck Tavern Marker
Inscription.  At this site stood the Franklin Inn, later called the "Buck Tavern" because its sign was adorned with deer horns. Built in 1828 as a stagecoach stop, it was famous for its hospitality. The stagecoach would change horses here, and the passengers refreshed themselves for the long journey to Renault, the overnight stop en route to Kaskaskia, where most passengers were headed to claim land. Prices for liquor included a free lunch, and were $1.25 per gallon for cheap whiskey, $1.85 for the best liquor and by the drink, only 5 and 10 cent. The building continued as a tavern and coach stop until 1872 when the railroad began. It remained a favorite watering hole in Columbia until its removal in 1958.
 
Erected by Kaskaskia Cahokia Trail; Columbia, Illinois.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1828.
 
Location. 38° 26.51′ N, 90° 11.823′ W. Marker is in Columbia, Illinois, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection of
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By Thomas Smith, May 18, 2021
2. Franklin Inn & Buck Tavern Marker
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South Main Street and East Liberty Street, on the right when traveling north on South Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbia IL 62236, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Schaefer House (a few steps from this marker); Immaculate Conception Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Miller-Fiege Home (about 400 feet away); Columbia (about 500 feet away); Gedern - Columbia Sister Cities since 1993 (about 500 feet away); Pfeffer Mercantile Store (about 500 feet away); Schmidt House & Brewery (approx. 0.2 miles away); German Style Cottage (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 19, 2021, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. This page has been viewed 62 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 19, 2021, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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