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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Danville, 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 (82) Douglas County, IL (5) Edgar County, IL (18) Ford County, IL (2) Iroquois County, IL (7) Benton County, IN (6) Vermillion County, IN (16) Warren County, IN (12)  VermilionCounty(63) Vermilion County (63)  ChampaignCounty(82) Champaign County (82)  DouglasCounty(5) Douglas County (5)  EdgarCounty(18) Edgar County (18)  FordCounty(2) Ford County (2)  IroquoisCounty(7) Iroquois County (7)  BentonCountyIndiana(6) Benton County (6)  VermillionCounty(16) Vermillion County (16)  WarrenCounty(12) Warren County (12)
Danville is the county seat for Vermilion County
Danville is in Vermilion County
      Vermilion County (63)  
      Champaign County (82)  
      Douglas County (5)  
      Edgar County (18)  
      Ford County (2)  
      Iroquois County (7)  
      Benton County, Indiana (6)  
      Vermillion County, Indiana (16)  
      Warren County, Indiana (12)  
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1 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — A Friend ForeverLooking 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
2 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
3 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
4 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
5 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Abraham Lincoln1841 - 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
6 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial DistrictDanville, Illinois — County-Seat Marker —
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District ···1847 - 1857Map (db m10702) HM
7 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Abraham Lincoln at Danville Presbyterian Church
. . . Map (db m10704) HM
8 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
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9 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Address by President LincolnAt 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
10 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
11 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
12 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
13 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Danville (Illinois) National CemeteryWar Memorial
In memory of the men who offered their lives in defense of their Country.Map (db m17601) HM
14 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
15 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Danville's LincolnLooking 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
16 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Dr. William Fithian HomeCirca 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
17 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Everyday HeroesPolice 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
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18 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Historic Millstone
From Gilbert's Mill on North Fork River in Ellsworth Park, Danville's first millMap (db m4744) HM
19 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Landing Ship Tanks (LST's) MemorialUnited 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
20 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
21 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Lincoln / Lamon Law OfficeDanville, 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
22 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Lincoln's Danville FriendsLooking 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
23 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Lindley Sign Post Forest
. . . Map (db m37033) HM
24 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Major Kenneth D. BaileyCongressional 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
25 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
26 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Robert E. Wurtsbaugh1930 - - 1950
Memorial Bridge Korean War Hero Dedicated May 30, 1989Map (db m32574) WM
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27 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Soldiers of Vermilion County IllinoisCivil War Memorial
To the Memory of the Soldiers of Vermilion CountyMap (db m13345) HM
28 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
29 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
30 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Two Trees Reach for HeavenAstronauts 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
31 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
32 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
33 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — Workers MemorialVermilion 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
34 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
35 Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville — World War II MemorialVermilion 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
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Dec. 5, 2023