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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Macon County, Illinois

Clickable Map of Macon County, Illinois and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Macon County, IL (29) Christian County, IL (8) De Witt County, IL (15) Logan County, IL (76) Moultrie County, IL (5) Piatt County, IL (14) Sangamon County, IL (170) Shelby County, IL (17)  MaconCounty(29) Macon County (29)  ChristianCounty(8) Christian County (8)  DeWittCounty(15) DeWitt County (15)  LoganCounty(76) Logan County (76)  MoultrieCounty(5) Moultrie County (5)  PiattCounty(14) Piatt County (14)  SangamonCounty(170) Sangamon County (170)  ShelbyCounty(17) Shelby County (17)
Decatur is the county seat for Macon County
Adjacent to Macon County, Illinois
      Christian County (8)  
      DeWitt County (15)  
      Logan County (76)  
      Moultrie County (5)  
      Piatt County (14)  
      Sangamon County (170)  
      Shelby County (17)  
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1 Illinois, Macon County, Decatur — A "Favorite" Lies Here — Looking for Lincoln
John Hanks was born in 1802 in Kentucky, he was a second cousin of Abraham Lincoln through Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln. John Hanks stated that he first knew Lincoln when he was a boy of twelve in Spencer County, Indiana. However, it . . . Map (db m41240) HM
2 Illinois, Macon County, Decatur — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Decatur, Illinois — County-Seat Marker —
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District ···1847 - 1857Map (db m10956) HM
3 Illinois, Macon County, Decatur — Abraham Lincoln's First Political Speech
Lincoln mounted a stump by Harrell's Tavern facing this square, and defended the Illinois Whig Party candidates near this spot at age 21 in the Summer of 1830. This statue erected Oct. 12, 1968 by the Decatur and Macon County Heritage . . . Map (db m12199) HM
4 Illinois, Macon County, Decatur — Birthplace of the Grand Army of the Republic
In a second floor room on this spot the Grand Army of the Republic was organized April 6, 1866, by Dr. Benjamin E. Stephenson.This tablet is placed by The Department of Illinois Woman's Relief Corps, Auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic April . . . Map (db m56909) HM
5 Illinois, Macon County, Decatur — Choosing a President — Looking for Lincoln
In February 1860 the Illinois State Republican Central Committee met in Springfield, Illinois. There the Committee selected Decatur as the site for the upcoming State Republican Convention. The site selected for the Convention was . . . Map (db m56911) HM
6 Illinois, Macon County, Decatur — Coming to Illinois — Looking for Lincoln
In March 1830, the tiny hamlet of Decatur, Illinois, with a dozen log cabins in place, was greeted by a caravan of thirteen people. This was the family of Thomas and Sarah Bush Johnston Lincoln. It was the first time that Abraham Lincoln saw the . . . Map (db m183837) HM
7 Illinois, Macon County, Decatur — Dedicated to All Veterans
Who so gallantly served that all people might walk this earth free and equal.Map (db m56881) HM
8 Illinois, Macon County, Decatur — Finding the Biggest Man — Looking for Lincoln
During the State Republican convention, local photographer, E. A. Barnwell, owner of the People's Ambrotype Gallery in Decatur, decided to seek out the “biggest” man among the Convention participants. According to oral tradition, Barnwell . . . Map (db m183842) HM
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9 Illinois, Macon County, Decatur — First Home in Illinois of Abraham Lincoln — Lincoln Trail Homestead State Memorial
. . . Map (db m12276) HM
10 Illinois, Macon County, Decatur — First Home of Abraham Lincoln in Illinois
In March 1830 Abraham Lincoln came from Indiana with his family to settle here in Macon County at a place on the north side of the Sangamon River ten miles westerly from Decatur. The Lincolns built a log cabin and broke the sod to raise a crop of . . . Map (db m12398) HM
11 Illinois, Macon County, Decatur — Getting There from Here — Looking for Lincoln
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 . . . Map (db m56875) HM
12 Illinois, Macon County, Decatur — Let Us All Be United — Looking for Lincoln
By 1856 Abraham Lincoln had realized that his former political party, the Whigs, was in ruins. The political landscape had changed to the point that Lincoln accepted an invitation to attend an Anti-Nebraska Editors Convention held at the . . . Map (db m56884) HM
13 Illinois, Macon County, Decatur — Lincoln National Memorial Highway
From the site of the Lincoln cabin on the Sangamon three miles south of here, to the Wabash River opposite Vincennes, the Lincoln National Memorial Highway follows substantially the route taken by the Lincoln family in their migration from Indiana . . . Map (db m55617) HM
14 Illinois, Macon County, Decatur — Lincoln on the Circuit — Looking for Lincoln
The second courthouse was an imposing structure far that time. Located on the southeast corner of Main and Main, it stood over forty feet tall, was made entirely of brick, and had a cupola for the courthouse bell. When not in use as a courthouse, . . . Map (db m183838) HM
15 Illinois, Macon County, Decatur — Lincoln's Decatur Ally — Looking for Lincoln
Richard J. Oglesby was born in Kentucky, journeyed to Decatur as a young orphan, and later became one of Decatur's most prominentand best-loved citizens. Oglesby made a small fortune in the California Gold Rush and fought in both the . . . Map (db m56877) HM
16 Illinois, Macon County, Decatur — Lincoln's First Speech — Looking for Lincoln
In June 1830 farm hand Abraham Lincoln was working on the farm of his relation, William Hanks, just a few blocks from the main square in Decatur. Suddenly, he heard a disturbance coming from the square. Hopping the fence and heading to the . . . Map (db m183839) HM
17 Illinois, Macon County, Decatur — Lincoln's Legacy — Looking for Lincoln
During his presidency, Abraham Lincoln had promised to care for the men in the armed services-and for their widows and orphans. Lincoln was unable, however, to keep that promise. In response, the Grand Army of the Republic or G.A.R. . . . Map (db m56908) HM
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18 Illinois, Macon County, Decatur — Lorton's Trading Post — 1816 - - 1826
In 1816 while this land area was still a part of the Illinois Territory and before Illinois became a state on December 3, 1818, two brothers named Lorton from St. Joseph, Michigan came to this vicinity and built an Indian trading house which also . . . Map (db m33295) HM
19 Illinois, Macon County, Decatur — Macon County's First Court House — Bronze Replica — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District —
In which Abraham Lincoln once practiced Law stood West of this Marker. 1829 - 1838 Replica placed by Decatur and Macon County Heritage Committee.Map (db m12197) HM
20 Illinois, Macon County, Decatur — Music Please, Maestro — Looking for Lincoln
In December 1849, an unusual event occurred for the lawyers who traveled on the Eighth Circuit. Mrs. Jane Martin Johns had recently moved to Decatur with her husband. She had set up temporary residence in the Macon House when her piano . . . Map (db m56906) HM
21 Illinois, Macon County, Decatur — Potawatomi Trail of Death — Sangamon Crossing — 24 - 26 September, 1838 —
Forcibly removed from northen Indiana to eastern Kansas, over 800 Potawatomi encamped here, cared for sick, and were allowed to hunt; 2 children and 1 woman died; 39 deaths occurred along the entire route. Sponsors: Hanson Engineers, . . . Map (db m33284) HM
22 Illinois, Macon County, Decatur — Site of the Lincoln Cabin
The Lincoln Cabin stood near the north bank of the Sangamon River about 600 yards to the east.Map (db m12433) HM
23 Illinois, Macon County, Decatur — Stephen Decatur — 1779-1820
[front] “Our country in her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right, but our country right or wrong.” [back]Stephen Decatur For whom this town was named in 1829 United States Naval Officer of . . . Map (db m169578) HM WM
24 Illinois, Macon County, Decatur — The Railsplitter Candidate — Looking for Lincoln
The City of Decatur was chosen as the site for the 1860 Republican State Convention with Abraham Lincoln as the most prominent Republican present. As the convention delegates were beginning to take their first, formal balloting, Richard . . . Map (db m56912) HM
25 Illinois, Macon County, Decatur — The Richard J. Oglesby Mansion
A three time Governor of Illinois A Major General in the Civil War A United States SenatorMap (db m56879) HM
26 Illinois, Macon County, Decatur — The Transfer House
As the Grand Old Lady of Decatur architectural heritage, the Transfer House is not only a major city landmark, but is designated as the official symbol of the city. Originally located in downtown;s Lincoln Square, the unique structure was built in . . . Map (db m56886) HM
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27 Illinois, Macon County, Decatur — Wake Up, Lincoln! — Looking for Lincoln
The second day of the 1860 Illinois State Republican Convention, May 10th, arrived bright and sunny. While many of the events that would mark this Convention occurred on May 9th, including the “Railsplitter” demonstration, May 10th would . . . Map (db m183841) HM
28 Illinois, Macon County, Decatur — Whitley Mill and Dam
Erected in this area circa 1843 by Shelton G. Whitley. He was later joined by his brother, James Whitley, who helped him operate the mill for many years.Map (db m12397) HM
29 Illinois, Macon County, Harristown — Lincoln’s First Illinois Home
On an eminence overlooking the Sangamon River three miles south of here stood the first home of Lincoln in Illinois. To this site came the Lincoln family in March, 1830. Here they lived until 1831, when the parents removed to Coles County and . . . Map (db m55618) HM
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May. 28, 2023