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Atlanta in Logan County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Atlanta Public Library-Museum

 
 
Atlanta Public Library-Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Senalik, June 10, 2012
1. Atlanta Public Library-Museum Marker
Inscription.  The Atlanta public library was founded in 1873 by public spirited citizens who realized the importance of books. In 1973, the museum was added for the purpose of preserving Atlanta's heritage. In 1979, this octagonal structure was listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Atlanta, founded in 1853 as Xenia, had Logan County's first bank in 1854. Abraham Lincoln traveled throughout this area and was well known by several of Atlanta's pioneer families. Lincoln attended the July 4, 1859 picnic at Turner's grove on the southeast edge of Atlanta and was presented a gold-handled cane by Sylvester Strong. In 1860, the initial “Wide-Awake” group supportive of Lincoln's presidential bid was organized in Atlanta. Lincoln's friends fired thirty-three cannon rounds when they heard the news of his nomination.
 
Erected 1983 by Friends of Historical Atlanta, Atlanta Rotary & Lions Clubs, and the Logan County Tourism Committee.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included
Atlanta Public Library-Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Senalik, June 10, 2012
2. Atlanta Public Library-Museum Marker
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in the Illinois State Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1524.
 
Location. 40° 15.62′ N, 89° 13.937′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Illinois, in Logan County. Marker is at the intersection of Race Street and SW Arch Street, on the left when traveling north on Race Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Atlanta IL 61723, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bushnell Grist Mill (here, next to this marker); Library Clock Tower (a few steps from this marker); Atlanta High School Cornerstone (within shouting distance of this marker); Drinking Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); 1870 Atlanta Public School Stone (within shouting distance of this marker); Wheels of Fortune on 66 (within shouting distance of this marker); Field Marker Stone (within shouting distance of this marker); Knights of Pythias "Memorial Tree" Stone (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlanta.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 12, 2012, by Larry Senalik of Pleasant Plains, Illinois. This page has been viewed 475 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 12, 2012, by Larry Senalik of Pleasant Plains, Illinois. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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