Getting There from Here
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
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
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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 378 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 28, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.