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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Danville, Illinois
Location of Danville, Illinois
▶ Vermilion County (63) ▶ Champaign County (22) ▶ Douglas County (2) ▶ Edgar County (11) ▶ Ford County (1) ▶ Iroquois County (7) ▶ Benton County, Indiana (5) ▶ Vermillion County, Indiana (14) ▶ Warren County, Indiana (11)
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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|
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|
|(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|
|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|
|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|
traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District ···1847 - 1857 — — Map (db m10702) HM|
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|Abraham Lincoln delivered an impromptu address from the balcony of this house while a guest here in 1858 — — Map (db m4722) HM|
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|
|This aircraft is in honor of Chanute Air Force Base and all its personnel
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Jewell Whyte Post No. 728
Commander - Bob French
Co-Chairman - Hershall lee & Bob Smith
Mayor of . . . — — Map (db m10729) HM|
| 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, 2012 — — Map (db m58941) WM|
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|
|In memory of the men who offered their lives in defense of their Country. — — Map (db m17601) HM|
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|
| 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|
| Upper Marker
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior
Local Historic Landmark
Preservation . . . — — Map (db m11195) HM|
| 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|
|From Gilbert's Mill on North Fork River in Ellsworth Park, Danville's first mill — — Map (db m4744) HM|
|In Remembrance of those who served in the United States Amphibious Forces on board Landing Ship Tanks (LST's). — — Map (db m17466) WM|
|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|
|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|
| 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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|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|
| 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
U.S.A.F. F-86 Saber Jet
This aircraft . . . — — Map (db m11231) HM|
Korean War Hero
Dedicated May 30, 1989 — — Map (db m32574) WM|
|To the Memory of the Soldiers of Vermilion County — — Map (db m13345) HM|
| “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|
|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|
|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|
| 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.
Korea 1950 - 1953
Heroes of . . . — — Map (db m10755) WM|
|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|
|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|
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|
| 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|