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Lewistown in Fulton County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Lewistown Trail

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, July 23, 2012
1. Lewistown Trail Marker
Inscription.  Lewistown Trail, from Springfield to Galena via Lewistown, was one of the main routes to the Galena Lead Mines from 1827 to 1837. The Trail crossed the Illinois River at Havana, where Ossian M. Ross, the founder of Lewistown, operated a ferry. He was one of three men who surveyed and marked out the trail. The Springfield-Lewistown section was made a post road in 1834. At that time Abraham Lincoln was postmaster at New Salem, one of the towns on the road.
 
Erected 1974 by Fulton County Historical Society and Illinois State Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Illinois State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 40° 23.808′ N, 90° 9.32′ W. Marker is in Lewistown, Illinois, in Fulton County. Marker is on North Main Street (Illinois Route 97) north of West Lincoln Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, near the southeast corner of the Fulton County Courthouse grounds, facing North Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at
Lewistown Trail Marker (<i>wide view; Fulton County Courthouse, east entrance, in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 23, 2012
2. Lewistown Trail Marker (wide view; Fulton County Courthouse, east entrance, in background)
or near this postal address: 100 North Main Street, Lewistown IL 61542, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mason County's Tribute to the Soldiers 1861 - 1865 (approx. 8.3 miles away); Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (approx. 8.3 miles away); On This Spot Abraham Lincoln Spoke to the Citizens of Bath (approx. 14 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker is a painted metal plaque, mounted at eye-level on a metal post.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ossian M. Ross. Ossian M. Ross was a pioneer farmer, stock-raiser, and merchant in Illinois, who served as a major in the War of 1812 and subsequently founded the Illinois towns of Lewistown and Havana, and who also played a prominent role in establishing Fulton and Mason counties in that state. Ossian Ross donated a quarter-section of his land to the town for the establishment of a public square, courthouse, jail, church, and Masonic temple. (Submitted on January 27, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Abraham Lincoln, Postmaster. Two postmasters became U.S. Presidents later in their careers — Abraham Lincoln and Harry Truman. Truman held the title and signed papers but immediately turned the position and its pay over to an assistant. Lincoln was the only President who had served as a postmaster. On May 7, 1833, 24-year-old Lincoln was appointed postmaster of New Salem, Illinois. Lincoln served until the office was closed May 30, 1836. The United States Official Register, published in odd-numbered years, dutifully records A. Lincoln as receiving compensation of $55.70 in the 1835 volume and $19.48 for one quarter’s work in the 1837 volume. Besides his pay, Lincoln, as postmaster, could send and receive personal letters free and get one daily newspaper delivered free. (Submitted on January 27, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 27, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 76 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 27, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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