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Tallula in Menard County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

New Salem

 
 
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By Beverly Pfingsten, June 9, 2012
1. New Salem Marker
Inscription.  The historic village of New Salem lies two miles to the north. The founders of New Salem believed it would someday become a great river port like St. Louis or Cincinnati. ironically, the town vanished after just ten years, being supplanted by the new city of Petersburg, now the seat of Menard County. During its short history, many pioneer families moved in and out of the community in search of new and better opportunities. Abraham Lincoln lived in new Salem from 1831 to 1837. It was here that Lincoln transformed from an unskilled laborer into a businessman, postmaster, land surveyor, attorney and statesman.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 39° 56.702′ N, 89° 50.78′ W. Marker is in Tallula, Illinois, in Menard County. Marker is at the intersection of Illinois Route 123 and Illinois Route 97 on State Route 123. Southwest corner of intersection. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tallula IL 62688, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sangamon River (here, next to this marker); Historic Tree (here, next
New Salem Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 9, 2012
2. New Salem Marker
to this marker); Prairie Land (here, next to this marker); Mentor Graham (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); The New Salem Lincoln League (approx. 2.3 miles away); The Survey of Petersburg (approx. 4˝ miles away); The Frackelton State Bank (approx. 4˝ miles away); R & D Frackelton General Store (approx. 4˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tallula.
 
New Salem image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 9, 2012
3. New Salem
Restored village.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 9, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 331 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 9, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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