“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Pike County Illinois Historical Markers

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By Bill Kirchner, October 3, 2014
Atlas Marker
Illinois (Pike County), Atlas — Atlas
Site of the First Permanent Seat of Justice in Pike County This section, settled in 1820, by Ebenezer Franklin, Daniel Shinn and the four Ross brothers, was known as Ross Settlement until 1823 when it was named Atlas. Pursuant to an act . . . — Map (db m78653) HM
Illinois (Pike County), Atlas — Oldest Building in Pike County
Built in 1823 for a trading post on the old trail between Keokuk & St. Louis. Now a pvt. residence. — Map (db m78654) HM
Illinois (Pike County), Atlas — Welcome to Illinois
In 1673 the areas of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers were explored by Frenchmen Louis Joliet and Father Jacques Marquette. Their voyages resulted in French claims on the area until 1763 when, by the Treaty of Paris, France ceded the land to . . . — Map (db m78655) HM
Illinois (Pike County), Detroit — Earl C SmithAgricultural Leader
This was the home of distinguished agricultural leader, Earl Clemmons Smith, born in Pike County February 19, 1881. In 1907, Smith began farming his grandmother Clemmons' land at this site. Smith became active in the early national farm bureau . . . — Map (db m78648) HM
Illinois (Pike County), Griggsville — Mormontown Site
On February 22, 1839, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, refugees driven from Missouri under the “Extermination Order” of Governor Lilburn Boggs, settled on this site. The property was owned by Thomas Edwards, . . . — Map (db m78649) HM
Illinois (Pike County), Pittsfield — Commemorating
Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas, who practiced at the Pike County Bar in early days and who spoke in this park in the Senatorial Campaign of 1858; John Hay, author of Pike County Ballads, diplomatist and Secretary of State 1898 - 1905, who . . . — Map (db m78650) HM
Illinois (Pike County), Pittsfield — Lincoln's Pike CountyLooking for Lincoln
Pike County, Illinois was organized January 31, 1821, named for Zebulon Pike, early explorer of the Louisiana Purchase and general in the War of 1812. The first settlement in 1820 was founded by Ebenezer Franklin, followed by Daniel . . . — Map (db m68919) HM
Illinois (Pike County), Pittsfield — Pike County's Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln was a frequent visitor to Pike County. He left his judicial circuit and crossed the Illinois River to practice law with many of Pike County's leading attorneys, forming close associations with prominent Whig and . . . — Map (db m68918) HM
Illinois (Pike County), Pittsfield — Reuben Scanland HouseBuilt ca. 1850's
Scanland was mayor of Pittsfield and a prominent attorney and judge. He backed Lincoln in the 1858 Senate race and Lincoln stayed here during his visit in October 1858. One of the stories associated with this home is of Mrs. Scanland's turkey . . . — Map (db m78651) HM
Illinois (Pike County), Summerhill — Civil War Monument
Dedicated to the members of Maj. Sam. Hays Post 477 G.A.R. Dept. of Ill. And other comrades who fought to keep our country undivided and our flag maintained unsullied 1861-1865 — Map (db m78652) WM

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