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Athens in Menard County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Long Nine Banquet Site

 
 
Long Nine Banquet Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 3, 2014
1. Long Nine Banquet Site Marker
Inscription. In this structure, built about 1832, residents of the Athens area held a banquet on August 3, 1837, for the 'Long Nine' - Abraham Lincoln and the other State legislators from Sangamon County. The men, whose height totaled fifty-four feet, were honored for their success in the tenth General Assembly in changing the State Capitol from Vandalia to Springfield. State offices were moved in 1839. At the Athens banquet Lincoln gave a toast: “Sangamon County will ever be true to her best interests and never more so than in reciprocating the good feelings of the citizens of Athens and neighborhood.”
 
Erected 1974 by Long Nine, Inc. and The Illinois State Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Illinois State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 39° 57.605′ N, 89° 43.431′ W. Marker is in Athens, Illinois, in Menard County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Jefferson Street, on the right when traveling north on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the southeast corner. Marker is in this post office area: Athens IL 62613, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Abraham Lincoln, Deputy Surveyor, Sangamon County, Illinois
Long Nine Banquet Site Marker <i>on right</i> image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 3, 2014
2. Long Nine Banquet Site Marker on right
Abraham Lincoln, Deputy Surveyor Marker is on the left.
(here, next to this marker); Highway Tree Planting (approx. 5.7 miles away); Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (approx. 6 miles away but has been reported missing); Mentor Graham (approx. 6.5 miles away); New Salem (approx. 6.6 miles away); Sangamon River (approx. 6.6 miles away); Historic Tree (approx. 6.6 miles away); Prairie Land (approx. 6.6 miles away).
 
Categories. Politics
 
Long Nine Banquet Site image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 3, 2014
3. Long Nine Banquet Site
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 3, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 223 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 3, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.
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