Looking for Lincoln
The first time Lincoln would have seen George Dunlap's stagecoach inn and tavern was in April 1838 as he traveled from Springfield to attend the Taswell Circuit
In 1833, Abraham Lincoln became Deputy Surveyor in Sangamon County and was frequently working in the Middletown area. On July 2, 1834, Lincoln started a survey beginning at Musick's Ferry, a mile north of Middletown on Salt Creek. Lincoln and his crew surveyed south to Middletown and along the side of the town's public square continuing south of Middletown and then on to Jacksonville. In June 1837 a noted visitor arrived by stage in Middletown, Senator Daniel Webster, who was touring the Midwest. Tradition relates that as the coach was leaving Middletown, it experienced mechanical problems. During the delay the townsfolk recognized Webster and crowded around to see the great orator. Webster gave a speech to the gathering around him. Lincoln and Webster became close political friends while serving in Congress.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Government & Politics.
Location. 40° 5.946′ N, 89° 35.458′ W. Marker is in Middletown, Illinois, in Logan County. Marker is on Madison Street, on the left when traveling south. Between 4th and 5th Streets. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Middletown IL 62666, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Route 66 in Elkhart (approx. 8 miles away); Pig Hip Restaurant (approx. 8 miles away); Elkhart Cemetery (approx. 8.3 miles away); Lincoln's Elkhart Connection (approx. 8.3 miles away); When the Wagons Rolled (approx. 10.1 miles away); The Golden Years (approx. 10.3 miles away); Abraham Lincoln, Deputy Surveyor, Sangamon County, Illinois (approx. 11.9 miles away); Long Nine Banquet Site (approx. 11.9 miles away).
Also see . . . Middletown's Lincoln. This link will take you to a video of the sign you see. Feel free to watch the video. (Submitted on March 29, 2011, by Ted Hickox of Decatur, Illinois.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 29, 2011, by Ted Hickox of Decatur, Illinois. This page has been viewed 653 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on March 29, 2011, by Ted Hickox of Decatur, Illinois. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.