Athens in Menard County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Abraham Lincoln, Deputy Surveyor, Sangamon County, Illinois
1833 – 1837
Beginning January 1, 1834, New Salem was to receive mail on a new schedule. The Stage was to leave Springfield each Saturday at 4:00 am for the Warren Court House in Mommouth, Illinois, by the way of Sangamo Town, Athens, New Salem, Havana, Lewistown, Canton, and Knox Court House (Knoxville), a distance of 115 miles.
Return mail was to leave Warren Court House each Tuesday at 6:00 am, arriving in Springfield at 10:00 pm Thursday.
On June 3, 1854, Abraham Lincoln as the Deputy County Surveyor of Sangamon County, Illinois was appointed by the County Commissioners Court to survey the relocation of the road from Sangamo Town to Athens. The survey was completed on November 4, 1834 and the road became known as “The Post Road”.
Lincoln started his survey at Sangamo Town and ended by setting a stone at the intersection of what is now known as Main Street and Jefferson Street in Athens.
Erected 2005 by Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association.
Topics and series. Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 1, 1832.
Location. 39° 57.606′ N, 89° 43.43′ W. Marker is in Athens, Illinois, in Menard County. Marker is at the intersection of Jefferson Street and Main Street, on the left when traveling west on Jefferson Street. Marker is on the southeast corner. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Athens IL 62613, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Long Nine Banquet Site (here, next to this marker); Highway Tree Planting (approx. 5.7 miles away); Mentor Graham (approx. 6˝ miles away); New Salem (approx. 6.6 miles away); Sangamon River (approx. 6.6 miles away); Historic Tree (approx. 6.6 miles away); Prairie Land (approx. 6.6 miles away); The New Salem Lincoln League (approx. 6.6 miles away).
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