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Danville in Vermilion County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Abraham Lincoln

1841 - 1861

 

—Vermilion County, Illinois —

 
Abraham Lincoln Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, August 24, 2008
1. Abraham Lincoln Marker
Inscription. Lincoln attended court in the building that stood on this spot from 1841 until elected President. He was involved in more than 200 legal procedures in Vermilion County.
 
Erected 2005 by Vermilion County Museum Society.
 
Location. 40° 7.495′ N, 87° 37.772′ W. Marker is in Danville, Illinois, in Vermilion County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Vermilion Street on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker located on South/West Corner of the South wall of the County Court House exterior wall. Marker is in this post office area: Danville IL 61832, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lincoln / Lamon Law Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Lincoln's Danville Friends (within shouting distance of this marker); Danville's Lincoln (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Temple / Danville USA (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Abraham Lincoln (approx. 0.2 miles away); Abraham Lincoln at Danville Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lindley Sign Post Forest (approx. 0.2 miles away); American Revolutionary War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danville.
 
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Wide View of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, August 24, 2008
2. Wide View of Marker
Photo taken facing the North. The Marker can be seen on the corner of the current Vermilion County Court House structure.

1. The Real Lincoln Highway: The Forgotten Lincoln Circuit Markers by Guy C. Fraker. The Vermilion County Court House is one of the fourteen Counties that Lincoln stopped at as a lawyer of the Eighth Judicial District Circuits between 1847 - 1859. This link has a map and history of the route that Abraham Lincoln took as he travelled this Circuit. For Lincoln students - and they that seek a better understanding of life in the 1860's - this is indeed a historical trip through the heart-land of America on the roads of Illinois. (Submitted on August 24, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 

2. Travel with Lincoln. Climb into Lincoln’s buggy and take a trip with Lincoln and his fellow lawyers on the job traveling Illinois as Circuit Lawyers. See all the Lincoln Circuit Markers (and a surprise or two), in the order of his travels while a member of the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District (of Illinois) during 1847-1857. Use the “First >>” button in the upper right to see these markers in sequence, starting from Springfield. (Submitted on October 17, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 
 
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Entrance to the current Vermilion County Court House image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, August 24, 2008
3. Entrance to the current Vermilion County Court House
Full View of the current Vermilion County Court House image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, August 24, 2008
4. Full View of the current Vermilion County Court House
Vermilion County Courthouse and Jail - 1832 - 1872 image. Click for full size.
Courtesy - Vermilion County Illinois Museum
5. Vermilion County Courthouse and Jail - 1832 - 1872
Above is the Courthouse in which Lincoln tended to Court. "...The earliest known date that Lincoln came to Danville was on Monday, May 7, 1841. (In a letter to a friend by the name of W. H. Davidson, Lincoln wrote, '...Baker and I were with Webb at Vermilion.' ...Danville's first courthouse was a log cabin on the South side of W. Main Street just West of what is now 'Towne Center'. Construction of the second courthouse building (above photo) was begun in 1832 and it was opened for business in 1833. It was destroyed by fire in 1872."
(From: "Walking in Lincoln's Footsteps" by: Vermilion County Illinois Museum.)
McCormack House Hotel - 1833 - 1875 image. Click for full size.
Courtesy - Vermilion County Illinois Museum
6. McCormack House Hotel - 1833 - 1875
"...Built in 1833 by Jesse Gilbert - wooden pins were used in its construction... ...was torn down in 1875. This hotel was where many of the lawyers, including Lincoln stayed when Circuit Court was in session." Located between Walnut and Franklin Streets on the North side of Main Street - just a short walk to the Courthouse.
(From: "Walking in Lincoln's Footsteps" by Vermilion County Illinois Museum)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 24, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,567 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 24, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.   5, 6. submitted on November 6, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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