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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Decatur
Decatur, Illinois and Vicinity
▶ Macon County (23) ▶ Christian County (7) ▶ DeWitt County (14) ▶ Logan County (36) ▶ Moultrie County (5) ▶ Piatt County (14) ▶ Sangamon County (125) ▶ Shelby County (12)
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|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|
traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District ···1847 - 1857 — — Map (db m10956) HM|
|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|
|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|
| 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|
|Who so gallantly served that all people might walk this earth free and equal. — — Map (db m56881) HM|
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|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|
| 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|
| 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|
|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|
|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|
| 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|
| 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|
| 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|
|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|
| 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|
|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|
|The Lincoln Cabin stood near the north bank of the Sangamon River about 600 yards to the east. — — Map (db m12433) HM|
| 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|
|A three time Governor of Illinois A Major General in the Civil War A United States Senator — — Map (db m56879) HM|
|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|
|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|