Taylorville in Christian County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Last Stop
—“Looking for Lincoln” —
Pigs rooting around the old courthouse may have reminded Lincoln of a pet he had kept as a boy in Kentucky. They enjoyed playing hide-and-seek. “I can see his little face now, peeking around the corner of the house to see whether I was coming after him,” he once
For over a Decade Lincoln attended court here in Taylorville, usually twice a year – in June and November. Dane County (later renamed Christian County) became part of Illinois’ Eighth Judicial Circuit in 1839. A two-story wood frame courthouse was erected here on the public square in 1840. It sat on twelve stone pillars that elevated the floor eighteen inches above the ground (permitting pigs to get underneath). A local resident recollected hearing Lincoln “tell many a story on the wood pile on the north side of the court house of an evening after court had adjourned.” In 1853 Christian County became part of the Seventeeth Judicial Circuit, and Lincoln ceased his semiannual visits. In 1854 officials removed the old frame courthouse, though it was preserved and may still be visited today.
8th Judicial Circuit
1839 - 1853
John McClarey, Sculptor
Mr. And Mrs. Monte Sigrist and Family
Dedicated on May 28, 2005
Erected by Looking for Lincoln.
Marker series. Looking for Lincoln marker series.
Location. 39° 32.941′ N, 89° 17.755′ W. Marker is in Taylorville, Illinois, in Christian County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Cross Street and South Washington Street, on the left when traveling west on West Main Cross Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Taylorville IL 62568, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Christian County Coal Miners (within shouting distance of this marker); Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (within shouting distance of this marker); Christian County (Illinois) Courthouse (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (approx. 11.6 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Looking for Lincoln. Many resources for the Tracking of Lincoln through History and Illinois. Aimed at all ages. (Submitted on October 9, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
2. Looking for Lincoln Video - on P.B.S. Follow Henry Louis Gates, Jr. "...from Illinois, to Gettysburg, to Washington, D. C., and face to face with people who live with Lincoln every day...". (Submitted on October 22, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
3. Travel with Lincoln. (Submitted on October 22, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
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