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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Vermilion County, Illinois

Clickable Map of Vermilion 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> Vermilion County, IL (63) Champaign County, IL (22) Douglas County, IL (3) Edgar County, IL (17) Ford County, IL (2) Iroquois County, IL (7) Benton County, IN (5) Vermillion County, IN (15) Warren County, IN (12)  VermilionCounty(63) Vermilion County (63)  ChampaignCounty(22) Champaign County (22)  DouglasCounty(3) Douglas County (3)  EdgarCounty(17) Edgar County (17)  FordCounty(2) Ford County (2)  IroquoisCounty(7) Iroquois County (7)  BentonCountyIndiana(5) Benton County (5)  VermillionCounty(15) Vermillion County (15)  WarrenCounty(12) Warren County (12)
Danville is the county seat for Vermilion County
Adjacent to Vermilion County, Illinois
      Champaign County (22)  
      Douglas County (3)  
      Edgar County (17)  
      Ford County (2)  
      Iroquois County (7)  
      Benton County, Indiana (5)  
      Vermillion County, Indiana (15)  
      Warren County, Indiana (12)  
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1 Illinois, Vermilion County, Allerton — Croghan Treaty with Pontiac — July 1765
Near here, on July 18, A.D. 1765, Colonel George Croghan, Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the British government, made a preliminary treaty of peace with Pontiac, chief of the Ottawas and leader of the great Indian confederacy. By the terms of . . . Map (db m74024) HM
2 Illinois, Vermilion County, Catlin — Potawatomi - A Trail of Death — Sandusky Point Encampment
. . . Map (db m11191) HM
3 Illinois, Vermilion County, Catlin — Vermilion County War Memorial — Catlin Lions Veterans Memorial
World War I World War II Korean / Vietnam / Desert Storm (The names of approximately 530 servicemen are included on the memorial. These names can be viewed at the link included below.)Map (db m11235) WM
4 Illinois, Vermilion County, Collison — Pilot Township (War) Memorial
Left Wing: We stand in deep appreciation for the Liberty we enjoy. Center: Pilot Township Memorial Left Column: Lloyd Hilleary • Gene Kinney • Robert Keal • Elmer Grimes • Lloyde Coake • Carl Wise • William . . . Map (db m17128) HM
5 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — A Friend Forever — Looking for Lincoln
Left Panel A FRIEND FOREVER “I appeal to you because I can to no other with so much confidence,” Lincoln said to Doctor William H. Fithian, August 15, 1860. He was asking for Fithian’s assistance in a . . . Map (db m29721) HM
6 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — A National Cemetery System
Civil War Dead An estimated 700,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died in the Civil War between April 1861 and April 1865. As the death toll rose, the U.S. government struggled with the urgent but unplanned need to bury fallen Union . . . Map (db m164876) HM
7 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Abraham Lincoln
(Left marker): These building stones were preserved from the Danville Law Office of Abraham Lincoln and the Vermilion County Courthouse where he practiced law. This kettle was used from 1824 to 1831 at the Salt Works of Major Vance. The . . . Map (db m4747) HM
8 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Abraham Lincoln
At noon on February 11, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural train stopped at the Great Western Depot located here. It was the day before his 52nd birthday. He had been coming to Vermilion County for twenty years to attend Circuit Court in . . . Map (db m5489) HM
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9 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Abraham Lincoln — 1841 - 1861 — Vermilion County, Illinois —
Lincoln attended court in the building that stood on this spot from 1841 until elected President. He was involved in more than 200 legal procedures in Vermilion County.Map (db m10701) HM
10 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Danville, Illinois — County-Seat Marker —
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District ···1847 - 1857Map (db m10702) HM
11 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Abraham Lincoln at Danville Presbyterian Church
. . . Map (db m10704) HM
12 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Abraham Lincoln Delivered an Impromptu Address
Abraham Lincoln delivered an impromptu address from the balcony of this house while a guest here in 1858Map (db m4722) HM
13 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Address by President Lincoln — At the Dedication of The Gettysburg National Cemetery — November 19, 1863 —
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that . . . Map (db m114212) HM
14 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Aircraft in Honor of Chanute Air Force Base
This aircraft is in honor of Chanute Air Force Base and all its personnel 1917                     1993 Veterans of Foreign Wars Jewell Whyte Post No. 728 Commander - Bob French Co-Chairman - Hershall lee & Bob Smith Mayor of . . . Map (db m10729) HM
15 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Alumni who Served in Korean War
In Honor of All Danville Junior College and Danville Area Community College Alumni who served their Country in the Korean War. Dedicated May 27, 2002 ReDedicated July 27, 2012Map (db m58941) WM
16 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — American Revolutionary War Memorial — Vermilion County, Illinois —
Statue Erected by Daughters of the American Revolution in Memory of Soldiers of the War for Independence who are buried in Vermilion County. William Adams • David Baird • Jacob Gundy • Hugh King • Thomas Morton • Joseph Coughran . . . Map (db m32494) HM
17 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Danville (Illinois) National Cemetery — War Memorial
In memory of the men who offered their lives in defense of their Country.Map (db m17601) HM
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18 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Danville National Cemetery
National Home Construction of the Danviile Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (NHDVS) began in early 1898. The first resident, Charles Butler, arrived October 13. The home's sprawling 325-acre campus included every . . . Map (db m164875) HM
19 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Danville's Lincoln — Looking for Lincoln
Left Section Danville was a destination for Abraham Lincoln for nearly twenty years. He first came to the village of a few hundred residents when he was a thirty-two-year-old attorney in 1841. Elizabeth Harmon described the early . . . Map (db m29481) HM
20 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Dr. William Fithian Home — Circa 1855
Upper Marker This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Lower Marker Local Historic Landmark Danville Historic Preservation . . . Map (db m11195) HM
21 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Everyday Heroes — Police and Firefighter Memorial
Left Panel Honoring our Firefighters whose lives were lost in the line of duty • Albert Shanks - Fallen - February 17, 1915 • Albert Holmes - Fallen - February 17, 1915 • Gene Anderson - Fallen - August 11, 1976 • Wayne . . . Map (db m10775) HM
22 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Historic Millstone
From Gilbert's Mill on North Fork River in Ellsworth Park, Danville's first millMap (db m4744) HM
23 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Landing Ship Tanks (LST's) Memorial — United States Amphibious Forces
In Remembrance of those who served in the United States Amphibious Forces on board Landing Ship Tanks (LST's).Map (db m17466) WM
24 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Lincoln & Douglas in Danville
It was near here, at a grove of maple trees, that Illinois Senatorial Candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas spoke in September of 1858. During the height of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, the men came to Danville to greet the people of Old . . . Map (db m51555) HM
25 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Lincoln / Lamon Law Office — Danville, Illinois
Abraham Lincoln occupied offices in a building on this site while practicing law in the Eighth Judicial District from 1847 - 1859.Map (db m10723) HM
26 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Lincoln's Danville Friends — Looking for Lincoln
Top Section The center of town, during the time of Lincoln’s years in Danville, was located in a range from Franklin Street in the West, to Washington Street in the East, bordered by Harrison Street in the North and Water Street to . . . Map (db m29571) HM
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27 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Lindley Sign Post Forest
. . . Map (db m37033) HM
28 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Major Kenneth D. Bailey — Congressional Medal of Honor
In memory of Major Kenneth D. Bailey, U.S.M.C., Congressional Medal of Honor Winner for bravery in World War II. A 1930 Danville High School graduate, he was Commanding Officer of Company C, First Raiders Battalion, which attacked Japanese . . . Map (db m31963) HM
29 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Pioneer Jet Avaitors of the Korean War
Large Marker Dedicated to the Pioneer Jet Aviators of the Korean War During the 50th Anniversary Commemoration and the Illinois State Convention of the KWVA, Deptember 15, 2002 Lower Marker U.S.A.F. F-86 Saber Jet This aircraft . . . Map (db m11231) HM
30 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Robert E. Wurtsbaugh — 1930 - - 1950
Memorial Bridge Korean War Hero Dedicated May 30, 1989Map (db m32574) WM
31 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Soldiers of Vermilion County Illinois — Civil War Memorial
To the Memory of the Soldiers of Vermilion CountyMap (db m13345) HM
32 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — The Temple / Danville USA — Temple Plaza —
“The Temple” - Plaque Completed in 1901, the Temple Building occupied this site for 100 years. In 1879 members of the Olive Branch Lodge bought the corner lot at Vermilion and North Streets for a new Masonic Temple. The . . . Map (db m37000) HM
33 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Trail of Death 1838 — Ellsworth Park —
In 1838 the northern Potawatami tribes and many Indians from other tribes were forcibly relocated to Eastern Kansas. The first point to encampment in Illinois on the march westward was near the North Fork River in Danville. This monument is . . . Map (db m32501) HM
34 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Two Trees Reach for Heaven — Astronauts Memorial — Vermilion County, Illinois —
In Honor of Astronaut Joe Tanner - Danville Native - November 3, 1994 In memory of Astronaut Christa McAuliffe - Teacher - January 28, 1986 "The Dream is Alive"Map (db m10726) HM
35 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Vermilion County Korean and Vietnam War Memorial
Back of Stone Bench - At Entrance Dedicated to those who served, and to the principles upon which this great country was founded. This memorial stands in humble gratitude. Left Section Korea 1950 - 1953 Heroes of . . . Map (db m10755) WM
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36 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Women's War Memorial — Vermilion County, Illinois —
Since before the founding of our Republic and throughout our history, American women have fought for freedom selflessly and with little or no recognition for their contributions.Map (db m10548) HM
37 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Workers Memorial — Vermilion County, Illinois
Mourn for              Fight for   the Dead              the Living Remember Vermilion County Workers Killed on the Job Left Column of Names David Farnsworth - Danville PBPA • Charles Deck - UAW # 579 • David . . . Map (db m10556) HM
38 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — World War I Memorial
Front Whereas: it is the desire of the City of Danville to erect some permanent structure as a Monument and Memorial to the Gallant Soldiers and Sailors of Danville who participated in the World’s War of 1914 and 1918 , and Whereas: the bridge . . . Map (db m10407) WM
39 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — World War II Memorial — Vermilion County, Illinois
Upper - Center Panel Honor and Glory to our Fighting Heroes Condolence to those who’s loved ones have fallen in battle, and a proud though regrettable chapter in Vermilion County’s History of World War 2. Lower - Center . . . Map (db m10722) HM
40 Illinois, Vermilion County, Fithian — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District / A Friend of Lincoln
. . . Map (db m11027) HM
41 Illinois, Vermilion County, Georgetown — 73rd and 125th Illinois Volunteer Infantry — 1861 - 1865
. . . Map (db m30395) WM
42 Illinois, Vermilion County, Georgetown — Georgetown Area Honor Roll — Georgetown, Illinois —
Editor's Note: The centermost portion of this memorial was dedicated as a World War II Honor Roll in 2006. As late as 2010, additions were made to make this a memorial to all Georgetown, Illinois veterans. The panels are listed here in sequential . . . Map (db m34578) WM
43 Illinois, Vermilion County, Georgetown — Georgetown Parade of Patriots Monument — Patriot Park
In Honor of All Who Have Served Who Are Serving Who Will Serve Left Bench In Honor of Our Veterans Right Bench In Honor of All Patriots Within glass cases are names of local veterans who have served or . . . Map (db m11358) WM
44 Illinois, Vermilion County, Henning — Henning (Illinois) War Memorial
Center Section - Top In Memory of Sgt. Joshua Troy Crippin and Henning Veterans who served our Country in War and Peace. Left Section Civil War - - - Pete Coon Confederate • James W. Henderson • Albert M. . . . Map (db m17209) WM
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45 Illinois, Vermilion County, Henning — World War II War Memorial — Henning, Illinois — Donald R Lucas Memorial Park —
In loving memory of those who served their Country in World War II.Map (db m17127) HM
46 Illinois, Vermilion County, Hoopeston — Dedicated To The Fallen Heroes
Dedicated to the Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom Lest they be forgottenMap (db m11675) WM
47 Illinois, Vermilion County, Hoopeston — Dixie Highway — The Original Hubbard Trail
Map (db m36353) HM
48 Illinois, Vermilion County, Hoopeston — In Honor of All Who Served
Front Side Killed In Action Harold Clapp • William Clearwater • Donald G. Cornell • Ralph Cox • Wilbur G. Cox • William Cox • Paul Davis • Richard I. Downey • Robert R. Egnew • Billy J. Gerkin • William E. Gooden • Robert D. Griner . . . Map (db m11993) HM
49 Illinois, Vermilion County, Indianola — Veterans Honor Roll
Far Left Case: World War I Earl Baum • Dewey Taylor • Raymond Cope • Charles R. Wooden • Chester Staley • Dale Knight • Gilbert Jordan • Louis Mosier • Victor Mingee • Walter McNesse Joe Q. Taylor • Richard Block • James . . . Map (db m11422) WM
50 Illinois, Vermilion County, Oakwood — Abraham Lincoln Forded Stony Creek — Riding the Judicial Circuit
At this place from 1841 to 1856 Abraham Lincoln forded Stony Creek when riding the Judicial CircuitMap (db m10995) HM
51 Illinois, Vermilion County, Potomac — Potomac (Illinois) War Memorial
Center Section Spanish American War - Civil War - W.W. I - W.W. II - Korean War - Vietnam - Gulf War - Lebanon Conflict In Honor of all men aand women who served our Nation in war and peace. Left - Memorial ] Row One . . . Map (db m17191) WM
52 Illinois, Vermilion County, Ridge Farm — Dedicated to All Veterans
Dedicated to all Veterans by Ridge Farm Masonic Lodge 1998 ( Masonic Emblem ) W. M. Dennis Gardner S. W. Mark Blakeney • S. S. Bob Corwin J. W. Jerry Colwell • J. S. Steve Blakeney Tres. Don Pearson • Marsh. John Kinney S. D. . . . Map (db m41972) HM
53 Illinois, Vermilion County, Ridge Farm — The Treaty Between Harrison and the Indians
The treaty between Harrison and the Indians signed on this spot, 1809.Map (db m131293) HM
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54 Illinois, Vermilion County, Rossville — In Honor of Those Who Served — Rossville War Memorial
Center Panel Etched in the monument are the emblems of the six services (in order), US Air Force, US Army, US Coast Guard, US Marine Corps, US Merchant Marine, and the US Navy Revolutionary War (1) · Blackhawk War (2) · War . . . Map (db m11778) WM
55 Illinois, Vermilion County, Rossville — The Original Milestone 121 — Vincennes to Chicago Road — The Dixie Highway —
The Original Milestone 121 marked by Barbara Standish Chapter NSDAR 1930 Replaced by them and the Rossville Historical Society 1984Map (db m11636) HM
56 Illinois, Vermilion County, Sidell — Detroit - Kaskaskia Indian Trail
This stone rests in a virgin portion of the Detroit - Kaskaskia Indian Trail. Erected by the Sidell Woman's Club 1942Map (db m73973) HM
57 Illinois, Vermilion County, Sidell — Sidell Veterans War Memorial
Sidell Veterans War Memorial Left Panel Row One
CIVIL WAR Jesse Burns • W. T. Butler • Orville P. Hunt • Samuel Kleffman • Enoch McKee • Henry Mullen • Emanual Palmer • Thomas Ramsey • Henry Talbott • Joe Twiner • Benjamin West • . . . Map (db m11441) WM
58 Illinois, Vermilion County, Tilton — Abraham Lincoln in Tilton, Illinois
To commemorate Lincoln's visits to Joseph Kirkland's home in Tilton during late 1850'sMap (db m11232) HM
59 Illinois, Vermilion County, Tilton — Servicemen From Tilton — World War I, Korean War, Vietnam War Memorial
Center Memorial World War I Servicemen from Tilton Left Column: William E. Arnold • Jack Ashbaugh • Christ Benekas • John Lester Billman • Harry H. Blue, Sr. • Elbert O. Bolser • Milton Burlin • Ray C. Cox • Roscoe N. . . . Map (db m11417) WM
60 Illinois, Vermilion County, Tilton — Tilton Honor Roll
In memory of our men & women in the Armed Forces World War II First Column : Elmer L. Alcorn • Frederick V. Alcorn • Lamoine T. Alcorn • Robert H. Allison • George Anderson • Marvin E. Anderson • Ernest Attebury • Floyd Bailey • . . . Map (db m11317) WM
61 Illinois, Vermilion County, Westville — Memorial To Westville Area Coal Miners
They made this community the melting pot of nations and proved that men of all nationalities and creeds can work and live together. "To the men who went to work below allowing the top to build and grow giving their labors in brawn and sweat . . . Map (db m11393) HM
62 Illinois, Vermilion County, Westville — Proudly We Pay Tribute
Stone Obelisk: Proudly we pay tribute to the men and women of the Westville Area who served their Country Bronze Marker behind glass They died that we might live 1917         World War I         1918 Anton . . . Map (db m11541) WM
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63 Illinois, Vermilion County, Westville — Westville War Memorials — W.W. II — Korea — Vietnam
Large Memorial Stone Marker For God         And Country 1941         1945 They died that we might live Richard Dowiatt • Joseph Kotcher • Alex Mazeikas • Henry Kerkes • Mario Biava • Achille Delanois • Harold . . . Map (db m10749) WM
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Jun. 1, 2023