Danville in Vermilion County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
This kettle was used from 1824 to 1831 at the Salt Works of Major Vance. The site of this early Vermilion County industry was about 4 miles west of this spot.
(Right marker):Preserved in memory of
Robert B. "Bob" Wright, 1914 - 1988
Journalist - Historian - Humanitarian
One of the founders of the Vermilion County Museum Society
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Landmarks • Natural Resources. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series list.
Location. 40° 7.641′ N, 87° 38.136′ W. Marker is in Danville, Illinois, in Vermilion County. Marker is at the intersection of Lafayette Street and North Gilbert Street, on the right when traveling west on Lafayette Street. Marker sits on the grounds between the original Vermilion County Museum Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Danville IL 61832, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Millstone (here, next to this marker); Abraham Lincoln Delivered an Impromptu Address (here, next to this marker); Dr. William Fithian Home (within shouting distance of this marker); A Friend Forever (within shouting distance of this marker); Abraham Lincoln at Danville Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (approx. 0.2 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Aircraft in Honor of Chanute Air Force Base (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danville.
More about this marker. The marker is two-fold; it consists of a structure built from the stones from Mr. Lincoln's Law Office, with a salt kettle from the Salt Works sitting on top of the structure.
Prior to the incorporation of Danville, the Vermilion River banks served as home to a Kickapoo Indian village. After salt mines were discovered in 1801, the Kickapoo were persuaded to give up a large tract of their land to the United States government. The salt mines, often referred to as "salines," proved to be excellent sources of salt. Danville was plotted out just a few miles east of the salines.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 15, 2008, by Angie Shaffer of Springfield, Illinois. This page has been viewed 1,657 times since then and 6 times this year. Last updated on January 15, 2008, by Angie Shaffer of Springfield, Illinois. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 15, 2008, by Angie Shaffer of Springfield, Illinois. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.