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

Abraham Lincoln, Deputy Surveyor, Sangamon County, Illinois

1833 – 1837

 
 
Abraham Lincoln, Deputy Surveyor, Sangamon County, Illinois Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 3, 2014
1. Abraham Lincoln, Deputy Surveyor, Sangamon County, Illinois Marker
Inscription. Abraham Lincoln's Survey of the Sangamo Town – Athens Road Relocation

Beginning January 1, 1834, New Salem was to receive mail on a new schedule. The Stage was to leave Springfield each Saturday at 4:00 am for the Warren Court House in Mommouth, Illinois, by the way of Sangamo Town, Athens, New Salem, Havana, Lewistown, Canton, and Knox Court House (Knoxville), a distance of 115 miles.

Return mail was to leave Warren Court House each Tuesday at 6:00 am, arriving in Springfield at 10:00 pm Thursday.

On June 3, 1854, Abraham Lincoln as the Deputy County Surveyor of Sangamon County, Illinois was appointed by the County Commissioners Court to survey the relocation of the road from Sangamo Town to Athens. The survey was completed on November 4, 1834 and the road became known as “The Post Road”.

Lincoln started his survey at Sangamo Town and ended by setting a stone at the intersection of what is now known as Main Street and Jefferson Street in Athens.
 
Erected 2005 by Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association.
 
Location. 39° 57.606′ N, 89° 43.43′ W. Marker is in Athens, Illinois, in Menard County. Marker is at the intersection of Jefferson
Abraham Lincoln, Deputy Surveyor, Sangamon County, Illinois Marker <i>on the left</i> image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 3, 2014
2. Abraham Lincoln, Deputy Surveyor, Sangamon County, Illinois Marker on the left
Long Nine Banquet Site Marker is on the right.
Street and Main Street, on the left when traveling west on Jefferson 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. Long Nine Banquet Site (here, next to this marker); Highway Tree Planting (approx. 5.7 miles away); 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); The New Salem Lincoln League (approx. 6.6 miles away).
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
Main Street and Jefferson Street in Athens image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 3, 2014
3. Main Street and Jefferson Street in Athens
 
 
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 198 times since then and 40 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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