Monticello in Piatt County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Lincoln in Monticello
—Looking for Lincoln —
According to Mrs. Caleb Tatman, Lincoln was the life of the party when the members of the bar were boarding at the Tenbrook (Tavern) Hotel while the circuit court was in session. Lincoln was responsible for creating quite a scene when he persuaded some children, who were playing with a pig’s bladder, which had been blown up and tied securely, to heat the “balloon” in the fireplace. The “balloon” blew up and scattered coals from the fire all over the room. When Lincoln tried to sweep up the hot coals, the broom caught on fire and was completely ruined. At this point, Lincoln discovered that he was overdue at court and rushed from the scene. A new broom had to be ordered from Springfield. In Lincoln’s day
The courthouse played a prominent role in the downtown. The original courthouse 1839 - 1853, began as a two-room building used by a tailor when court was not in session. It was often remarked that the suits the tailor made were more important than many of the suits tried by the courts. The original building was known as the Devore House or Old Fort. It was located on West Washington St. The first Piatt County Circuit Court was held May 1, 1841. The second courthouse, 1856 - 1903, pictured in the drawing, was located in the center of the Square. The present courthouse was built in 1903. The watercolor of the downtown was done by Dale Summers in 1937 for the centennial, based on an 1860 drawing by Thomas Moffit.
Erected 2009 by City of Monticello and Monticello Chamber of Commerce.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Looking for Lincoln marker series.
Location. 40° 1.481′ Touch for map. Located in Mini-Park which is South East of the Courthouse Square. Marker is at or near this postal address: 107 East Main Street, Monticello IL 61856, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Piatt County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Monticello Journeys (approx. 0.2 miles away); Trail of Death (approx. 0.3 miles away); Potawatomi Trail of Death (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lincoln - Douglas (approx. 1.2 miles away); Railroads Bring Change (approx. 2.1 miles away); Bement Goes to War (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monticello.
Also see . . .
1. "Champaign County's Lincoln" : :. There are a number of links - with - a number of things for children of ages to do (as well as teachers). Worth the search.! (Submitted on October 30, 2009, 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 (Submitted on October 30, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
3. Looking for Lincoln::. Many resources for the Tracking of Lincoln through History and Illinois. Aimed at all ages. (Submitted on October 30, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
4. 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 30, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,214 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on October 30, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.