Tolono in Champaign County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Lincoln in Tolono
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Abraham Lincoln traveled through Tolono by locomotive at least eighteen times. He whiled the time away for his train connections by playing horseshoes and visiting with the Tolono residents. While campaigning in Illinois, Lincoln would frequently play a game of chess with a telegrapher at the Marion house Hotel-Depot.
Tolono lies at the junction of the Great Western and Illinois Central Railroads. Tolono is privileged to have at this site an historical stone marker to honor Abraham Lincoln. Even though Lincoln traveled through Tolono several times, February 11, 1861 was significant, for on that day he gave his last formal address in the State of Illinois while on his trip to Washington D. C., saying, “I am leaving you on an errand of national importance, attended as you are aware, with considerable difficulties. Let us believe, as some poet has expressed it, ‘Behind the cloud the sun is still shining.’ I bid you an affectionate farewell.” It was a dreary, dank, drizzly day. The station was crowded with people from all over the area who had assembled at the depot platform to bid Lincoln goodbye. Many of those
On January 3, 1861 young Adalaide Chaffee ran to the Marion house hotel-Depot to greet Lincoln when she heard he was there waiting for his connection to visit his step-mother near Charleston. Lincoln stood up from a rocker as she entered the parlor. Chaffee wrote: “He smiled, shook hands and spoke most cordially. . . .”
President-elect Lincoln’s presidential train was magnificent with flags and streamers waving from the locomotive, baggage car, and passenger car. As the locomotive rolled to a stop on February 11, 1861, cheers from thousands of people, the booming of a cannon, and the waving of handkerchiefs greeted the arrival of the special train that delivered the man they elected. In response, Lincoln stepped on the platform of his plush presidential car to bid them farewell.
Erected 2009 by Businesses Encouraging & Supporting Tolono, "B.E.S.T.".
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, the Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stops, and the Looking for Lincoln series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1924.
Location. 39° 59.077′ N, 88° 15.796′ W. Marker is in Tolono, Illinois, in Champaign County. Marker is at the intersection of Long Street (U.S. 45) and West Austin Street, on the right when traveling north on Long Street. Located in front of the "Fuel 24" gas station - well known through out Tolono. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tolono IL 61880, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stop (here, next to this marker); Potawatomi Trail of Death (approx. 4.7 miles away); Henry Sadorus (approx. 4.7 miles away); Illini Supersweet Corn (approx. 8.7 miles away); Anthropology and Society (approx. 8.7 miles away); Champaign's Lincoln (approx. 9.3 miles away); The First Congregational Church (approx. 9.3 miles away); Lincoln & Photography (approx. 9.3 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Looking for Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area website homepage:
Many resources for tracking Lincoln through History and Illinois for at all ages. (Submitted on October 29, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
2. Looking for Lincoln Video - on P. B. S. Follow Henry Louis Gates, Jr. "...from Illinois, to Gettysburg, to Washington, D. C., and face to face with people who live with Lincoln every day...". (Submitted on October 29, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
3. Travel with Lincoln. Links to related HMDb markers:
Climb into Lincoln’s buggy and take a trip with Lincoln and his fellow lawyers on the job traveling Illinois as Circuit Lawyers. See all the Lincoln Circuit Markers (and a surprise or two), in the order of his travels while a member of the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District (of Illinois) during 1847-1857. Use the “First >>” button in the upper right to see these markers in sequence, starting from Springfield. (Submitted on October 29, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 29, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,631 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on October 29, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.