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Taylorville in Christian County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Christian County (Illinois) Courthouse

1840 - 1856

 
 
Christian County (Illinois) Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Chuck Courtwright, March 23, 2010
1. Christian County (Illinois) Courthouse Marker
Inscription. The first courthouse of Christian County (originally Dane County) was built in 1840 for $2,350. It was located in the center of Taylorville’s Public Square. Court was held on the lower level with County Officers sharing the upstairs floor. Since the Circuit Court came to town only twice each year, the courtroom was available at other times for use by County Commissioners or for public functions.
Until 1853, Christian County was part of the Eighth Judicial Circuit. A Judge would travel to all County Seats in the Circuit twice each year to hear cases. The Circuit was almost 450 miles long and took almost three months to complete by horse and buggy.
Abraham Lincoln was one of the attorneys who traveled the Eighth Circuit and came to Taylorville. He had trials in this Courthouse before Judge David Davis, whom he later appointed to the United States Supreme Court. During one trial, Lincoln was interrupted by a loud noise from the hogs underneath the Courthouse. In mock earnestness, he asked Judge Davis to issue a “Writ of Quietus” requiring the Sheriff to abate the nuisance!
This Courthouse was replaced with a new one in 1856 and sold for $267. It was moved several times before being placed on these Museum grounds in honor of its historical significance and its connection to Lincoln.
 
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Christian County (Illinois) Courthouse - - Museum Sign image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Chuck Courtwright, March 23, 2010
2. Christian County (Illinois) Courthouse - - Museum Sign
2003 by Christian County Historical Society, Bertrand hopper Memorial Foundation, Illinois State Historical Soc., Taylorville Park District and Taylorville Tourism Council.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Illinois State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 39° 33.144′ N, 89° 16.647′ W. Marker is in Taylorville, Illinois, in Christian County. Marker is on Kennedy Drive west of Water Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. located on the East side of Taylorville. Take East Park Street (Hwy. 29) - just before Hwy. 48 turn left onto Water Street. Then immediately turn left onto Kennedy Street. The Christian County Museum is on the right (North) and easily seen. 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. Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (approx. one mile away); Christian County Coal Miners (approx. one mile away); The Last Stop (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (approx. 12 miles away).
 
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Front Exterior - - Christian County (Illinois) Courthouse image. Click for full size.
October 4, 2008
3. Front Exterior - - Christian County (Illinois) Courthouse
Other View - - Front of Christian County (Illinois) Courthouse image. Click for full size.
October 4, 2008
4. Other View - - Front of Christian County (Illinois) Courthouse
Signs above Courthouse Door image. Click for full size.
October 4, 2008
5. Signs above Courthouse Door
ChainSaw - Wood Carving of Abraham Lincoln image. Click for full size.
October 4, 2008
6. ChainSaw - Wood Carving of Abraham Lincoln
Interior - As you Enter front Door. . . image. Click for full size.
October 4, 2008
7. Interior - As you Enter front Door. . .
Left Interior by Front Door - - County Clerk Area & Records. . . image. Click for full size.
October 4, 2008
8. Left Interior by Front Door - - County Clerk Area & Records. . .
Original 'Clerk Desk' near Front Door by Records. . . image. Click for full size.
October 4, 2008
9. Original 'Clerk Desk' near Front Door by Records. . .
Lawyers Table at Front of Court Room. . . image. Click for full size.
October 4, 2008
10. Lawyers Table at Front of Court Room. . .
Judge's Desk & Witness Chair. . . image. Click for full size.
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11. Judge's Desk & Witness Chair. . .
Jury Box with chairs. . . image. Click for full size.
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12. Jury Box with chairs. . .
View towards back of Court-room. . . image. Click for full size.
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13. View towards back of Court-room. . .
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2010. This page has been viewed 1,345 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on March 25, 2010. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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