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Decatur in Macon County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Getting There from Here

 
 
Getting There from Here Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 8, 2012
1. Getting There from Here Marker
Inscription.
The road beside this wayside exhibit is west main street. It was one of the main routes into and out of the City of Decatur all during the time of Lincoln's travels as a lawyer on the Eighth Judicial Circuit, the main system of justice and law for the central part of Illinois. For a number of years, the Circuit covered all or parts of fourteen counties and extended over an area of 440 miles round trip. It was not until the 1850's and the advent of the railroad that Abraham Lincoln's life and travel on the Circuit became much easier. Until that time, Lincoln had to contend with traveling by horseback or by a horse-drawn buggy, often covering only a few miles a day if the weather was bad. Next to the wayside exhibit is the courthouse marker erected in 1921 for the different county courthouses that Lincoln visited when traveling on the Eighth Circuit. It was moved to its present location in the 1980's.

Although Lincoln and his fellow lawyers constantly dealt with the problems of traveling on the Eighth Circuit, there were instances that illustrated the gentle nature of Abraham Lincoln. One such instance occured when Lincoln was riding by a muddy pit and saw a pig struggling to get out. Lincoln looked at the pig and the mud and decided to ride on, not wanting to get his suit muddy. After a short time, however, he

Getting There from Here Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 8, 2012
2. Getting There from Here Marker
turned back, and with much effort, rescued the pig, getting his clean pair of clothes filthy in the process. Lincoln did this good deed because the pig had looked at him as if Lincoln was its last hope. Lincoln wanted to "take the pain out of his own mind."

Illustration
While traveling on the Circuit, life for Lincoln was fraught with hardships and dangers. Swollen rivers and streams, choking dust, waist-deep mud, and the constant companionship of flies, mosquitoes, bedbugs, and other pests, all contributed to the overall misery often shared by the lawyers having to travel the Circuit.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Looking for Lincoln marker series.
 
Location. 39° 50.479′ N, 88° 57.99′ W. Marker is in Decatur, Illinois, in Macon County. Marker is on W. Main Street just west of Pine Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Decatur IL 62522, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (here, next to this marker); The Richard J. Oglesby Mansion (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lincoln's Decatur Ally (approx. 0.3 miles away); Macon County's First Court House (approx. 0.6

Marker is on the grounds of the Millikin Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 8, 2012
3. Marker is on the grounds of the Millikin Mansion
miles away); Let Us All Be United (approx. 0.6 miles away); Abraham Lincoln's First Political Speech (approx. 0.6 miles away); Choosing a President (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Railsplitter Candidate (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Decatur.
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
James Millikin Homestead sign image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 8, 2012
4. James Millikin Homestead sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 28, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 341 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 28, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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