West Allis in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
President Abraham Lincoln
Campaign Speech, Sept. 30, 1859
—Wisconsin State Fair, Milwaukee, Wisconsin —
The Fair site, at that time, was at the Spring Street Hill/Brockway Grounds located in the heart of Milwaukee between Wisconsin Avenue and Highland Avenue, and from 10th to 13th Streets. A commemorative plaque, recognizing the event, can be seen on the corner of 13th and Wells.
Lincoln’s address, confined to the problems of labor and agriculture, became his only speech on agriculture. Candidate Lincoln, clean shaven, stood on a platform wagon wearing a black frock coat and a high, “stove – pipe” hat. He received $150.00 for his speech, a respectable fee in 1859.
Lincoln, the rising Republican politician who debated Stephen Douglas, was elected in 1860. Two years later he signed the bill that established the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Location. 43° 1.165′ N, 88° 0.898′ W. Marker is in West Allis, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. Marker can be reached from S. 84th Street one mile south of South 84th Street and I-94 (Interstate 94). Touch for map. Marker is located in the Central Plaza of Wisconsin State Fair Park. Marker is in this post office area: Milwaukee WI 53214, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within Wisconsin State Fair Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Camp Harvey (within shouting distance of this marker); Honey Creek Settlement (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wadhams Gas Station (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old Honey Creek School Site (approx. 0.7 miles away); Harrison Ludington Farm (approx. 1.1 miles away); Wood National Cemetery Civil War Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); Wood National Cemetery Memorial Section (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Allis.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 4, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 869 times since then and 18 times this year. Last updated on November 6, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 4, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. 3. submitted on November 5, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.