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Tolono in Champaign County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stop

 
 
Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stop Marker image. Click for full size.
By Angie Shaffer, January 13, 2008
1. Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stop Marker
Inscription. Abraham Lincoln made his farewell address to the people of Illinois at the Tolono Station February 11, 1861. "I am leaving you on an errand of national importance, attended as you are aware with considerable difficulties. Let us believe as some poet has expressed it 'behind the cloud the sun is still shining.' I bid you an affectionate farewell."
 
Erected 1932 by Alliance Chapter, Daughters of American Revolution Urbana, Champaign and citizens of Tolono.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stops marker series.
 
Location. 39° 59.075′ N, 88° 15.798′ W. Marker is in Tolono, Illinois, in Champaign County. Marker is at the intersection of N. Long Street (U.S. 45) and West Strong Street, on the left when traveling south on N. Long Street. Touch for map. Marker is near the south end of town on a lot with a fueling station. Marker is in this post office area: Tolono IL 61880, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lincoln in Tolono (here, next to this marker); Potawatomi Trail of Death (approx. 4.7 miles away); Henry Sadorus
Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stop Marker image. Click for full size.
September 3, 2007
2. Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stop Marker
(approx. 4.7 miles away); Champaign's Lincoln (approx. 9.3 miles away); The First Congregational Church (approx. 9.3 miles away); Lincoln & Photography (approx. 9.3 miles away); Urbana's Lincoln (approx. 9.3 miles away); Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (approx. 9.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Video - - "Abraham Lincoln Biography. . ." - (Courtesy - YouTube)::. (Submitted on February 15, 2013.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Lincolm Marker atTolono Station
Am not familiar with both the station as shown and the quotation on commemorative marker. The departure of then President-elect Abraham Lincoln enroute to Washington was at the station in Springfield. Are these two, separate events; the one identified with his presidency and the other with his first trip to Washington as a Congressman?

Editor's Note: Lincoln traveled through Tolono several times, as Tolono was junction of the Great Western and Illinois Central Railroads. While he also gave a farewell speach in Springfield, it was in Tolono where he gave his last formal address in the State of Illinois, which included
Looking South/East – Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stop Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 28, 2009
3. Looking South/East – Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stop Marker
the quoted excerpt. Please see the Marker Series "Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stops Markers" at http://www.hmdb.org/results.asp?SeriesID=32
Thank you.
    — Submitted March 26, 2010, by Edwin Yosef Vogt of City of Little Falls, New York 13365, Herkimer County, New York State.

 
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Obverse Side – Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stop Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 28, 2009
4. Obverse Side – Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stop Marker
Looking North/East – Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stop Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, October 28, 2009
5. Looking North/East – Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stop Marker
Tolono Railroad Depot image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of Nancy Lambert
6. Tolono Railroad Depot
Possible original Depot. The population of Tolono was only 277 when Lincoln's Train stopped in 1861. Tolono, Illinois started and grew as a railroad town into the city it is today.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2008, by Angie Shaffer of Springfield, Illinois. This page has been viewed 5,738 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 14, 2008, by Angie Shaffer of Springfield, Illinois.   2. submitted on January 14, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on November 1, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.   6. submitted on January 26, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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