Getting There from Here
Looking for Lincoln
The road beside this wayside exhibit is West Main Street. It was one of the main routes into and out of the City of Decatur all during the time of Lincoln's travels as a lawyer on the Eighth Judicial Circuit, the main system of justice and law for the central part of Illinois. For a number of years, the Circuit covered all or parts of fourteen counties and extended over an area of 440 miles round trip. It was not until the 1850's and the advent of the railroad that Abraham Lincoln's life and travel on the Circuit became much easier. Until that time, Lincoln had to contend with traveling by horseback or by a horse-drawn buggy, often covering only a few miles a day if the weather was bad. Next to the wayside exhibit is the courthouse marker erected in 1921 for the different county courthouses that Lincoln visited when traveling on the Eighth Circuit. It was moved to its present location in the 1980's.
Although Lincoln and his fellow lawyers constantly dealt with the problems of traveling on the Eighth Circuit, there were instances that illustrated the gentle nature of Abraham Lincoln. One such instance occured when
While traveling on the Circuit, life for Lincoln was fraught with hardships and dangers. Swollen rivers and streams, choking dust, waist-deep mud, and the constant companionship of flies, mosquitoes, bedbugs, and other pests, all contributed to the overall misery often shared by the lawyers having to travel the Circuit.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Looking for Lincoln series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1921.
Location. 39° 50.479′ N, 88° 57.99′ W. Marker is in Decatur, Illinois, in Macon County. Marker is on W. Main Street just west of Pine Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Decatur IL 62522, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 28, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 557 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 28, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.