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Springfield in Sangamon County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Streetscape 1859

East Side of the Public Square

— Looking for Lincoln —

 
 
Streetscape 1859 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, June 16, 2011
1. Streetscape 1859 Marker
Inscription.  
This is the how the east side of the public square looked from this vantage point (circa 1859), looking north along Sixth Street. The picture shows how buildings were refurbished following the great east-side fire of February 1858. but the littered, muddy streets remained unchanged.

View east from the capitol cupola
This is one of four panoramic landscapes painted from a perspective atop the Old State Capitol sometime between late 1848 and early 1854, showing buildings along the east side of the public square before the fire of 1858. The columned buildings on the left are the Sangamon County Courthouse and the Springfield Marine & Fire Insurance Company.
 
Erected by State of Illinois Historic Preservation Agency & Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureGovernment & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Looking for Lincoln series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1858.
 
Location. 39° 48.037′ 

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N, 89° 38.884′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Illinois, in Sangamon County. Marker is at the intersection of 6th Street and E. Adams Street on 6th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Springfield IL 62701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lincoln Boys in 1854 (here, next to this marker); In Their Springfield Prime (a few steps from this marker); Lincoln's Springfield (a few steps from this marker); Old State Capitol (a few steps from this marker); Barack Obama Campaign Announcements (a few steps from this marker); Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices (a few steps from this marker); Cook's Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Corneau & Diller Drug Store (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
 
Streetscape 1859 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, June 16, 2011
2. Streetscape 1859
Photo of 6th Street in 1859
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 20, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 461 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 20, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.

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