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Danville in Vermilion County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Abraham Lincoln

 
 
Abraham Lincoln's Law Office Building Stones Marker image. Click for full size.
By Angie Shaffer, January 13, 2008
1. Abraham Lincoln's Law Office Building Stones Marker
Inscription. (Left marker): These building stones were preserved from the Danville Law Office of Abraham Lincoln and the Vermilion County Courthouse where he practiced law.

This kettle was used from 1824 to 1831 at the Salt Works of Major Vance. The site of this early Vermilion County industry was about 4 miles west of this spot.

(Right marker):Preserved in memory of
Robert B. "Bob" Wright, 1914 - 1988
Journalist - Historian - Humanitarian
One of the founders of the Vermilion County Museum Society
 
Location. 40° 7.641′ N, 87° 38.136′ W. Marker is in Danville, Illinois, in Vermilion County. Marker is at the intersection of Lafayette Street and North Gilbert Street, on the right when traveling west on Lafayette Street. Touch for map. Marker sits on the grounds between the original Vermilion County Museum and the new Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Danville IL 61832, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Millstone (here, next to this marker); Abraham Lincoln Delivered an Impromptu Address (here, next to this marker); Dr. William Fithian Home (within shouting distance of this marker); A Friend Forever
Structure built from original Law Office building stones image. Click for full size.
By Angie Shaffer, January 13, 2008
2. Structure built from original Law Office building stones
(within shouting distance of this marker); Abraham Lincoln at Danville Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (approx. 0.2 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Aircraft in Honor of Chanute Air Force Base (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danville.
 
More about this marker. The marker is two-fold; it consists of a structure built from the stones from Mr. Lincoln's Law Office, with a salt kettle from the Salt Works sitting on top of the structure.

Prior to the incorporation of Danville, the Vermilion River banks served as home to a Kickapoo Indian village. After salt mines were discovered in 1801, the Kickapoo were persuaded to give up a large tract of their land to the United States government. The salt mines, often referred to as "salines," proved to be excellent sources of salt. Danville was plotted out just a few miles east of the salines.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 15, 2008, by Angie Shaffer of Springfield, Illinois. This page has been viewed 1,487 times since then and 55 times this year. Last updated on January 15, 2008, by Angie Shaffer of Springfield, Illinois. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 15, 2008, by Angie Shaffer of Springfield, Illinois. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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