Pontiac in Livingston County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Lincoln Speaks at Church
óLooking for Lincoln ó
the little Presbyterian Church
on the northwest corner of
Livingston and Mill streets on
On May 19, 1857 lots were deeded to both the Methodist and Presbyterian churches and a sharp rivalry developed as to which would erect and dedicate Pontiacís first church building. The Presbyterians won the race, dedicating their church in November that year, about thirty days ahead of the Methodists. Families rented pews as a means of supporting the church. The first Presbyterian service in Pontiac had been held in Buckís Tavern in 1852, after which services were held several times in the first courthouse. The church officially organized in November 1855, and regular preaching began in the small schoolhouse on the Livingston County Jail grounds. By 1874, the building where Lincoln spoke had become too small for the congregation, and it was sold to Wallace Lord who moved it to Howard Street to be used as an opera house.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Looking for Lincoln marker series.
Location. 40° 52.926′ N, 88° 37.802′ W. Marker is in Pontiac, Illinois, in Livingston County. Marker is on West Livingston Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located on the south lawn of the First Presbyterian Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 209 West Livingston Street, Pontiac IL 61764, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lincoln Visits Strevell (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Livingston County War Memorial (about 700 feet away); Civil War Memorial - Livingston County Illinois (about 800 feet away); Desert Storm - War Memorial (about 800 feet away); W. W. II War Memorial - Livingston County Illinois (approx. 0.2 miles away); W. W. I War Memorial - Livingston County Illinois (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lincoln Stranded Here (approx. 0.2 miles away); County Seat Almost Moved (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pontiac.
Also see . . .
1. Visit Pontiac::. This web link has a number of links to other historic items in Pontiac, Illinois. Informative and very helpful. (Submitted on April 12, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
2. Travel with Lincoln ::. Climb into Lincolnís 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 April 12, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
3. 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 April 12, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
4. Looking for Lincoln::. Many resources for the Tracking of Lincoln through History and Illinois. Aimed at all ages. (Submitted on April 12, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
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