The first time Lincoln would have seen George Dunlap's stagecoach inn and tavern was in April 1838 as he traveled from Springfield to attend the Taswell Circuit Court at Tremont. Lincoln would have stopped at the Dunlap House many times while passing through Middletown as he traveled the Eighth Judicial Circuit. Lincoln stopped at the Inn on his way
In 1833, Abraham Lincoln became Deputy Surveyor in Sangamon County and was frequently working in the Middletown area. On July 2, 1834, Lincoln started a survey beginning at Musick's Ferry, a mile north of Middletown on Salt Creek. Lincoln and his crew surveyed south to Middletown and along the side of the town's public square continuing south of Middletown and then on to Jacksonville. In June 1837 a noted visitor arrived by stage in Middletown, Senator Daniel Webster, who was touring the Midwest. Tradition relates that as the coach was leaving Middletown, it experienced mechanical problems. During the delay the townsfolk recognized Webster and crowded around to see the great orator. Webster gave a speech to the gathering around him. Lincoln and Webster became close political friends while serving in Congress.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Looking for Lincoln marker series.
Location. 40° 5.946′ N, 89° 35.458′ W. Marker is in Middletown, Illinois, in Logan County. Marker is on Madison Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Between 4th and 5th Streets. Marker is
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Abraham Lincoln, Deputy Surveyor, Sangamon County, Illinois (approx. 11.9 miles away); Long Nine Banquet Site (approx. 11.9 miles away).
Also see . . . Middletown's Lincoln. This link will take you to a video of the sign you see. Feel free to watch the video. (Submitted on March 29, 2011, by Ted Hickox of Decatur, Illinois.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 29, 2011, by Ted Hickox of Decatur, Illinois. This page has been viewed 528 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on March 29, 2011, by Ted Hickox of Decatur, Illinois. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.