“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Springfield, Illinois

Clickable Map of Sangamon 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> Sangamon County, IL (196) Cass County, IL (14) Christian County, IL (9) Logan County, IL (76) Macon County, IL (29) Macoupin County, IL (36) Menard County, IL (17) Montgomery County, IL (22) Morgan County, IL (20)  SangamonCounty(196) Sangamon County (196)  CassCounty(14) Cass County (14)  ChristianCounty(9) Christian County (9)  LoganCounty(76) Logan County (76)  MaconCounty(29) Macon County (29)  MacoupinCounty(36) Macoupin County (36)  MenardCounty(17) Menard County (17)  MontgomeryCounty(22) Montgomery County (22)  MorganCounty(20) Morgan County (20)
Springfield is the county seat for Sangamon County
Springfield is in Sangamon County
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      Christian County (9)  
      Logan County (76)  
      Macon County (29)  
      Macoupin County (36)  
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1 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — "My Hand will Never be Given where my Heart is Not." — Mary Todd to Mercy Levering, 1841
Mary Ann Todd was born on December 13, 1818 to a large and wealthy family from Lexington, Kentucky. Mary was six years old when her mother died. Her grandmother helped raise her and made sure she received several years of schooling, which she . . . Map (db m190016) HM
2 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — 1859-1911
The Sangamon County Old Settlers Society dedicated this tablet to commemorate the first white settlement in Sangamon County when in the fall of 1817 Robert Pulliam built a log cabin about ten and one half miles south on S.W. Ό Sec. 21, T. 14, N.R. . . . Map (db m54167) HM
3 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — 2 — 223 South Fifth Street — Loper's Restaurant — 1908 Race Riot Walking Tour —
On August 14, 1908, Harry Loper assisted Sheriff Werner in removing George Richardson and Joe James from the County Jail. The mob overturned and burned Harry Loper's car, which had been used to move the prisoners, and destroyed his restaurant. The . . . Map (db m199936) HM
4 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — 5th Regimental Combat Team
Dedicated in memory to the magnificent and gallant men of the 5th Regimental Combat Team K.I.A. 949 W.I.A. 3188 M.O.H. 2 Korea 1950-1953 We are proud every mission assigned accomplished! We support the needs . . . Map (db m229512) WM
5 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — A Lot of Activism in the Neighborhood
In the empty lot before you once stood two small houses. The 1850 census tells us two families lived here. The Jenkins and the Blanks shared walls and a common goal: to improve the lives of African Americans. Both families became advocates for . . . Map (db m190190) HM
6 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — A Day With the Lincolns
The Lincolns were a family with the same hopes and challenges as many others in the neighborhood. The Lincolns lived a middle-class family lifestyle in nineteenth century Springfield. Abraham Lincoln spent long periods away from home on the . . . Map (db m190003) HM
7 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — 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 m159006) HM
8 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — A Place to Call Home
You are standing in front of the house Abraham Lincoln and his family called home from 1844 to 1861. Take a closer look and you will find a plaque in the front door with Lincoln's name on it. Seven years after he rode into Springfield on a borrowed . . . Map (db m190052) HM
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9 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — A Springfield Kitchen Garden
Today people refer to gardening as a hobby. But in the mid-19th Century many families depended on a kitchen garden to enrich their diets with seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs. This recreated garden features a variety of plants that were . . . Map (db m190067) HM
10 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District — Springfield, Illinois — County-Seat Marker —
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District ··· 1847 - 1857Map (db m12134) HM
11 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Abraham Lincoln and the Talisman
Prior to the coming of the railroads, Springfield was handicapped by inadequate transportation facilities. Early in 1832, Vincent A. Bogue, Springfield businessman and promoter, planned to supply the Sangamon River region with steamboat service. He . . . Map (db m54765) HM
12 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Abraham Lincoln's Funeral Train — May 3, 1865, 9:00 A.M.
At this site, countless mourners stood in solemn witness as the Chicago & Alton Railroad Engine No. 58 arrived pulling the funeral train carrying the remains of Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States.Map (db m162162) HM
13 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address
Establishing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs On March 4, 1865, just weeks before his assassination, President Abraham Lincoln took his second oath of office. In his inaugural address, Lincoln spoke of the need to heal a divided . . . Map (db m157828) HM
14 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Abraham Lincoln's Tomb
Abraham Lincoln's Tomb has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark Under the provisions of the Historic sites Act of August 31, 1935 This site possesses exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the history of . . . Map (db m49003) HM
15 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Acts of Intolerance — A Commemorative Sculpture
Two charred chimneys rising from the smoldering rubble of burned-out buildings---these stark images from an old photograph were the inspiration for this unique sculpture by acclaimed artist Preston Jackson. The sculpture commemorates the centennial . . . Map (db m48871) HM
16 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — 8 — Adams Street — Site of the Sangamon County Courthouse — 1908 Race Riot Walking Tour —
After the August 1908 Race Riot, the following events occurred at this site: Joe James, a black man, was tried and convicted for the murder of Clergy Ballard. Although Mr. James was eighteen-years-old and, as a minor, not subject to the death . . . Map (db m200009) HM
17 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Allen Miller House
Allen and Clarissa Miller had their house built shortly after purchasing this double lot in 1855 for $650. They and their three young children shared the house with Clarissa's brother, James Keys, and his wife. At the time, Miller was a prosperous . . . Map (db m48368) HM
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18 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Animal Problems
Cultural differences made it hard for citizens to agree on animal control policies. Well into the 1850's hogs freely roamed the streets, contesting the walkways with pedestrians, rooting up sidewalk planks, and creating smelly "how . . . Map (db m57077) HM
19 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Boyhood Home of Julius Rosenwald
Noted businessman and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald (1862-1932) lived in this house as a boy between 1869 and 1879. The son of German Jewish immigrants, he left Springfield without completing high school to learn the clothing trade. In 1895, . . . Map (db m190069) HM
20 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Brunwick's Billiard Hall — Looking for Lincoln
In 1860 Emanuel Brunswick opened a billiard hall in the second floor of the building just east of the Chenery House here on Washington Street. It contained elegant Brunswick tables and was touted as the largest and best hall in Illinois . . . Map (db m57057) HM
21 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Building the Lincoln Tomb
On April 24, 1865, several associates of Abraham Lincoln formed the National Lincoln Monument Association to raise funds for and build a fitting memorial over the president's grave. An 1868 competition chose the monument design of sculptor Larking . . . Map (db m49002) HM
22 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — C. M. & S. Smith Store — Looking for Lincoln
Shoppers at Clark M. Smith's All-Purpose Store on the South Side of the public square seldom paid cash. Money was scarce; credit accounts were common. Smith's in-laws---the Lincolns---had an account. After her husband lost the Senate race to . . . Map (db m48620) HM
23 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Camp Butler — Reported missing
Camp Butler, Civil War concentration camp for Illinois volunteers, occupied a large area in this vicinity from 1861 to 1866. It was also a prison camp for captured Confederates. Now a National Cemetery, it contains the graves of 1642 Union and . . . Map (db m4621) HM
24 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Camp Butler
Camp Butler was established in 1861as a Civil War training camp and mobilization center for Illinois recruits. Selected by State officials and Brigadier General William T. Sherman and named for Illinois State Treasurer William Butler (1859-1863), . . . Map (db m51876) HM
25 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Camp Butler National Cemetery
Union Training Camp The State of Illinois established Camp Butler in August 1861 in response to President Abraham Lincoln's second call for volunteers to suppress the rebellion. Named for William Butler, the state treasurer, its location . . . Map (db m157748) HM
26 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Campaign Poles — Looking for Lincoln
(Left) Campaign poles sported flags and banners, such as this one from 1844 supporting Lincoln's hero, Henry clay. Lashed to Lincoln's 120-foot presidential Ash Pole in 1860 was a broom--- signifying Lincoln's intent to sweep corrupt Democrats . . . Map (db m48902) HM
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27 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Charles Arnold House
This was the Arnold residence from 1850 to the 1870's. A political ally of Abraham Lincoln, Arnold was twice elected County Sheriff on the Whig ticket during the years he was Lincoln's neighbor.Map (db m48455) HM
28 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Charles Corneau House
This was the residence of Lincoln's friend, Charles Corneau, a Springfield druggist. Historic records show that the Lincoln family purchased such items as "Cough Candy," "Castor Oil," and "Hair Balsam" at the Corneau and Diller drugstore. Like . . . Map (db m48365) HM
29 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Confederate Burials in the National Cemetery
Camp Butler Prison Camp On February 16, 1862, Fort Donelson, a Confederate stronghold on the Cumberland River west of Clarksville, Tennessee, surrendered. Faced with 15,000 prisoners, the U.S. Army converted several training camps, . . . Map (db m159004) HM
30 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Cook's Hall — Looking for Lincoln
When it opened in 1858, Cook's Hall became the largest of Springfield's public halls. Its gas-lighted auditorium and gallery were the grandest in the region. A wealthy soap and candle manufacturer, John Cook, built the hall following a . . . Map (db m48557) HM
31 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Corneau & Diller Drug Store — Looking for Lincoln
Apothecaries in the mid-19th century carried a surprising variety of drugs and remedies—potassium iodide for rheumatism and syphilis, sulphate of quinine for tooth powder, opium elixir for toothache, and . . . Map (db m48560) HM
32 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Curran's Jewelry Shop — Looking for Lincoln
The Gregarious General Isaac B. Curran was a prominent citizen in Lincoln's Springfield. His store here on the south side of the square was a popular gathering place for Lincoln's political opponents. Curran arrived as a young silversmith from . . . Map (db m180409) HM
33 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Daily Life in 1860
These green lawns and groomed streets were once far noisier, messier, and smellier than they are today. many residents of Springfield kept horses, cows, and chickens on their property. They also tended gardens, washed laundry, hauled water, and . . . Map (db m48541) HM
34 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Dana Thomas House
Dana Thomas House State Historical Site Frank Lloyd Wright Architect Built 1902-1904 Map (db m4823) HM
35 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Departure Point of The Donner Party
Lincoln Square marks the departure point of the Donner Party on April 15, 1846 for their ill-fated trip to California.Map (db m12317) HM
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36 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Economic and Ethnic Diversity in Springfield
In Abraham Lincoln's time, many residents of Springfield came from someplace else, whether a state or an ocean away. Southerners, northerners, and European immigrants came here to improve their lot in life, much as Lincoln had in 1837. Springfield's . . . Map (db m48452) HM
37 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — 4 — Eleventh and Madison Streets — Area of Scott Buron's Lynching — 1908 Race Riot Walking Tour —
On August 15, 1908, at about 2:00 a.m., the mob reached the home of Scott Burton. The fifty-six-year-old black barber tried to escape out a side door of his home but was overtaken and pummeled unconscious by the mob. He was then dragged to Twelfth . . . Map (db m199939) HM
38 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Elijah Iles' American House Hotel — 1838-1870
Center of Springfield's social, entertainment and political Life during the Lincoln EraMap (db m199860) HM
39 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — First Cabin in Springfield
John Kelley erected the first cabin in Springfield on this site in March, 1819. The first county commission, April 2, 1821 and the first court, April 3, 1821 were held here.Map (db m162146) HM
40 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — First Resting Place of Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln was laid to rest here, in Oak Ridge Cemetery's public vault, during services held May 4, 1865. Government officials, members of the military, foreign diplomats, and private citizens gathered to witness the ceremony. Over the . . . Map (db m144296) HM
41 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Florville's Barber Shop — Looking for Lincoln
William Florville was Lincoln's barber for twenty-four years. Florville, or de Fleurville ("Billy the Barber" to his white customers), was born in Haiti of French ancestry. He came to America at age fifteen and was a barber's apprentice in . . . Map (db m57193) HM
42 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — For All the Fallen Sky Soldiers
For all the fallen sky soldiers of the 173d Airborne 503d Inf. Eternal Peace March 2022Map (db m229515) WM
43 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — 5 — Fourth and Monroe Streets — Site of Payne's Hardware — 1908 Race Riot Walking Tour —
On August 15, 1908, at about 7:00 p.m., the mob reassembled and stopped briefly at Payne's Hardware Store to obtain a length of clothesline rope. The rope was intended to be used for hanging William Donnegan, a seventy-six-year-old retired black . . . Map (db m200005) HM
44 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Garden Club Volunteers
The concepts that landscape architect Jens Jensen used for Lincoln Memorial Garden grew out of almost 50 years of experience. In his plan, he specified that paths through the Garden should curve. The lanes were to showcase dogwoods, crab apples, . . . Map (db m157934) HM
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45 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — General John A. McClernand — 1812-1900
On this site stood the residence of John A. McClernand. He was born in Breckenridge County, Kentucky, but moved with his family to Shawneetown, Illinois, in 1816. He studied law and in 1832 was admitted to the bar. He served in the Illinois General . . . Map (db m162032) HM
46 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — George W. Shutt House
In 1860, this house was rented to young lawyer George Shutt and his family. Unlike most of Lincoln's politically active neighbors, Shutt supported Stephen A. Douglas in his campaign against Lincoln for the Presidency in 1860.Map (db m48371) HM
47 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Globe Tavern — Looking for Lincoln
The Globe Tavern as it appeared in May 1865 at the time of Lincoln's funeral. the Lincolns lived here from November 1842 until the winter or early spring of 1844. At that time the tavern consisted of two buildings joined as a "T," with the older . . . Map (db m48903) HM
48 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Globe Tavern
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49 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Great Western Depot — Looking for Lincoln
Throngs give big sendoff to Lincoln Monday morning February 11, 1861 dawned dismal and gray. A chilling drizzle soakedthe dirt roads of the capital. At 7:30 A.M., a carriage pulled up here in front of the depot, and President-elect . . . Map (db m48554) HM
50 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Great Western Railroad Depot
This depot, built in 1852, was the site of Abraham Lincoln's famous farewell address upon leaving Springfield on February 11, 1861, to assume the presidency of the United States.Map (db m48555) HM
51 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Harriett Dean House
In 1838, Abraham Lincoln purchased two lots in this block for $300. Twelve years later, he sold a half lot to Harriet Dean for $125.00 Mrs. Dean purchased an adjacent lot from someone else and had a house built, thus becoming a neighbor of the . . . Map (db m48539) HM
52 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Henson Lyon House
This was the residence of Henson Lyon in 1860. the census of that year identified him as a farmer and the owner of $12,000 in real estate, and $3,000 in personal property, indicating that he was comparatively wealthy.Map (db m48458) HM
53 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Henson Robinson House
During the 1860's, this was the residence of Henson Robinson, a partner in a Springfield business concern that sold stoves, furnaces, and tinware. Robinson's company had a contract to manufacture tin cups and plates for soldiers during the Civil War.Map (db m48449) HM
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54 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Hutchinson Cemetery & Springfield High School
On this site in 1843, John Hutchinson, undertaker, cabinetmaker, and businessman, established the first private burial ground in Springfield. Located on the western edge of the then-newly-incorporated city. Hutchinson Cemetery operated for several . . . Map (db m162028) HM
55 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Illinois Remembers POW/MIA — You Are Not Forgotten
LCPL Joseph Hill CPL Richard SandsMap (db m199826) WM
56 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Illinois State Military Museum
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m57342) HM
57 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Illinois State Register — Looking for Lincoln
November 1858 Register notices published on Election Day and the day after---documenting the end of the heated and hectic Lincoln-Douglas Senatorial contest.When the seat of government left Vandalia in 1839, the former capital;s . . . Map (db m48901) HM
58 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Illinois State University - Concordia Seminary
In 1852 the family of Pascal Enos donated this ground for an institution of higher learning. Rev. Francis Springer, an educator and Springfield's first Lutheran Minister, led efforts to establish Illinois State University, a college preparatory . . . Map (db m162046) HM
59 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — In Memory of Abraham Lincoln — 16th President of the United States — Born February 12, 1809 - Died April 15, 1865 —
This relic is preserved, it being the tablet upon which were placed the remains of our illustrious dead in the receiving tomb of Oak Ridge Cemetery, May 4, 1865 This structure erected A.D. 1900Map (db m144298) HM
60 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — In Their Springfield Prime — Looking for Lincoln
1854 marked Lincoln's public return to politics following a five-year hiatus. That year Senator Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois pushed the "Kansas-Nebraska Act" through the U.S. Congress, overturning the 1820 Missouri Compromise line. Fearing . . . Map (db m48577) HM
61 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Jesse K. Dubois House
This was the home of Jesse K. Dubois and his family from 1859 to 1864. Dubois was the Illinois State Auditor, a close friend of Abraham Lincoln and his most important political ally in this neighborhood. One of the Dubois sons was named after . . . Map (db m48370) HM
62 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Joshua Speed's Store — Looking for Lincoln
There was a housing shortage in Springfield when 28 year old Abraham Lincoln---riding a borrowed horse---moved here from New Salem in April 1837. Builders couldn't keep up with the newly designated state capital. One of Lincoln's first stops . . . Map (db m48899) HM
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63 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Julia Sprigg House
Mrs. Sprigg, a widow, purchased this house in 1853 and used it as a residence for herself and her children until 1869.She became close friends with her neighbor, Mrs. Lincoln; Mrs. Sprigg's daughter often babysat for the younger Lincoln boys.Map (db m48366) HM
64 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Kenneth Belton
This bed of tulips was donated by the people of Noorder-Koggenland, Holland on Dec. 3, 1999, commemorating the 55th anniversary of their liberation by the Allies and honoring Central Illinois native Kenneth Belton, who survived the mid-air explosion . . . Map (db m190133) HM WM
65 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Leaping Lincoln — Looking for Lincoln — 1840 —
In November 1840 legislators convened in the cramped quarters of the Methodist Church while workers were completing the statehouse a block away. "The House of Representatives was crammed in a room barely large enough for the members . . . Map (db m57068) HM
66 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Lincoln and Animals — Looking for Lincoln
Treatment of Animals in Lincoln's Era sometimes reflected rough frontier attitudes. Pioneers saw them as threats to crops, gardens, and livestock; wild game was an important source of food. Lincoln, however, did not share the . . . Map (db m190138) HM
67 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Lincoln Home National Historic Site — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Lincoln Home National Historic Site is part of the National Park System, one of more than 390 parks that are important examples of our nation's heritage. This unit of the National Park Service preserves the home of the nation's 16th president, . . . Map (db m48372) HM
68 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Lincoln Memorial Garden
Lincoln Memorial Garden was envisioned by local advocate Mrs. Harriet Knudson during construction of Lake Springfield in the 1930s. Jens Jensen, a renowned leader in the prairie school of landscape architecture and one of the state's earliest . . . Map (db m157935) HM
69 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Lincoln the Leader — Looking for Lincoln
During four years as President, Abraham Lincoln spent much of his time among the troops. They were important because they were the people who would get the job done. He frequented the War Department's telegraph office to stay abreast of . . . Map (db m57340) HM
70 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Lincoln’s Farewell to Springfield — February 11, 1861
My friends, no one not in my situation can appreciate my feelings of sadness at this parting, to this place, and the kindness of this people, I owe everything. Here I have lived a quarter of a century, and have passed from a young to an old man. . . . Map (db m4611) HM
71 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Lincoln’s Tomb
Lincoln [Also engraved in the stone around the tomb are the names or abbreviations of every state at the time of Abraham Lincoln’s death]Map (db m4861) HM
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72 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Lincoln-Era Fire Companies — Looking for Lincoln
Lincoln's Springfield was vulnerable to fire, Crowded wood-frame buildings, open flames in stoves, fireplaces, candles, and primitive gas lighting ineffective alarms, muddy streets, and inadequate water supplies---all combined to make . . . Map (db m57167) HM
73 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices
Abraham Lincoln prepared and wrote his first inaugural address as President of the United States, in the third story of this building in the month of January, 1861. Map (db m4622) HM
74 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices
This portion of the Tinsley Building, a merchant block constructed in 1840-1841, is the only surviving structure in which Abraham Lincoln maintained a law office. Intended originally for commercial use, much of the building was rented for other . . . Map (db m4656) HM
75 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Lincoln's Carriage Maker — Looking for Lincoln
Lincoln brought his buggy to Obed Lewis for servicing at his shop on the north side of Monroe Street between Sixth and Seventh Streets. When Lincoln first arrived in Springfield riding a borrowed horse he wondered at the "great deal of . . . Map (db m57164) HM
76 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Lincoln's Dentist — Looking for Lincoln
Americans had poor oral hygiene in Lincoln's era. Rotten teeth and foul breath were common (halitosis was not yet a social evil). Calomel frequently prescribed by doctors for fevers caused many people to have loose teeth. Dentistry was plagued . . . Map (db m48621) HM
77 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Lincoln's Final Journey — Looking for Lincoln — 1865 —
The funeral train pulled into the Chicago & Alton Railroad station on Jefferson Street, at 8:40 A.M. on May 3, 1865. Vast crowds had already poured into Springfield over the night of May 2, 1865, and more people were still arriving. Now, for . . . Map (db m160707) HM
78 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Lincoln's Hat — Looking for Lincoln
Lincoln reportedly had a "very defective taste" in hats. At various times he was known to have worn fur caps, straw or palm hats, and broad, low-brimmed wool or felt hats. He is best known for the "plug" or stovepipe hats he wore as a lawyer . . . Map (db m48875) HM
79 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Lincoln's Home Becomes a Shrine
Lincoln understood the importance of making his image available for the presidential campaign. Springfield photographer Preston Butler captured several likenesses of Lincoln during the 1860 election.Lower Left Ambrotype of Abraham Lincoln, . . . Map (db m48317) HM
80 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Lincoln's Home Becomes a Shrine
Since Abraham Lincoln's death in 1865, the corner of Eighth and Jackson has been a popular destination for those seeking a personal connection to Lincoln's home, life, and legacy. Through the years, visitors to the Lincoln Home have ranged from . . . Map (db m190224) HM
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81 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Lincoln's Horse — Looking for Lincoln
When Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, on April 9, 1865,joyous citizens decorated Lincoln's horse, Old Bob, with flags and led him triumphantly through the streets of . . . Map (db m48553) HM
82 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Lincoln's Landscape — 1834 — Looking for Lincoln —
Abraham Lincoln spent the first twenty years of his life in the forests of Kentucky and Indiana. He migrated to Illinois and settled in the village of New Salem, located in the woodlands along the Sangamon River. Other early settlers also chose . . . Map (db m156786) HM
83 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Lincoln's Last Law Office — Looking for Lincoln
Lincoln and Herndon rented law offices at several locations over the years. Their last was a rear room on the second floor in a building that stood here. Leslie's Weekly published this drawing of the office interior during the 1860 presidential . . . Map (db m48896) HM
84 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Lincoln's Springfield — Looking for Lincoln
Twenty-eight-year-old Abraham Lincoln settled here in 1837. He was unmarried, unlearned, unrefined, with "no wealthy or popular relations to recommend me." On the day before his fifty-second birthday, Lincoln left here a profoundly changed man; . . . Map (db m48571) HM
85 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Lithuanians in Springfield
Lithuanians arrived en masse during Sangamon County's coal boom, numbering several thousand with their families by 1920, they fled political and religious repression, conscription, poverty, and a total ban on their language in the Czarist Russian . . . Map (db m162036) HM
86 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Maid-Rite Sandwich Shop
This property has been placed on the National Register Of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Circa 1924Map (db m162147) HM
87 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Mary Lincoln's Circle of Friends
Mary Lincoln formed lasting friendships with women in her neighborhood, including Julia Sprigg and Hanna Shearer, and exchanged a lively correspondence with many out-of-town relatives and friends.Julia Sprigg lived in the house behind you and was a . . . Map (db m48367) HM
88 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Mary Lincoln's Family — Looking for Lincoln
These four Todd sisters each married a Springfield man and established households within a few blocks of each other, Elizabeth was the oldest and became Mary's surrogate mother." Frances lived closest to Mary (across the street where the Grace . . . Map (db m48550) HM
89 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Mary Lincoln's Ring — Looking for Lincoln
"Love is Eternal" were the words engraved in the plain gold band that Abraham Lincoln slipped on Mary's finger at their wedding in Springfield on November 4, 1842. The inscription reflected the ideal of "romantic love" that swept America in the . . . Map (db m48874) HM
90 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Oak Ridge Cemetery's Original Entrance
Following a trend by many cities to relocate their cemeteries beyond the city limits to avoid encroachment, the City of Springfield in May of 1856 passed an ordinance to create Oak Ridge Cemetery. Situated two miles north of the Capitol building, . . . Map (db m162145) HM
91 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Old State Capitol
The Old State Capitol was the fifth Statehouse in Illinois history. The building served as Capitol from 1839 to 1876. Its cornerstone was laid during ceremonies held July 4, 1837. During the 1840s and 1850s the building dominated Springfield's . . . Map (db m4821) HM
92 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Our Fallen Illinois Service Members
In memory of Our fallen Illinois service members in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi freedom"The torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans - born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter . . . Map (db m57341) WM
93 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Politics in the Neighborhood
Just Imagine! On August 8, 1860, an exuberant political rally parade passed by the Lincoln home, including: 180 train cars of Lincoln supporters 28 oxen pulling a mammoth wagon 21 Wide Awake Clubs (groups of young pro-Lincoln men) 10 decorated . . . Map (db m48369) HM
94 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Potawatomi Trail of Death
On Sept. 29, 1838, 800 Potawatomi Indians marched through Springfield on the forced removal from Indiana to Kansas. Although many had died and they faced severe hardship, they were encouraged by Judge Polke and Chief I-o-weh to exhibit pride, so . . . Map (db m34320) HM
95 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Potawatomi Trail of Death
Approximately 800 fatigued Potawatomi camped in this area on September 28, 1838, on a forced removal from Indiana to Kansas. Two children died during the night. Chief I-O-Weh led his people through the town of Springfield the next day.Map (db m156778) HM
96 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — President-Elect Abraham Lincoln
In the Old State Capitol Nearby, President-Elect Abraham Lincoln used the Governor's Office as Headquarters until he left for Washington. Early in the Civil War, Ulysses S. Grant also served here as Special Military Aide to . . . Map (db m12360) HM
97 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Receiving Vault
The remains of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) and his son William Wallace "Willie" rested in this receiving vault from May 4, 1865 to December 21, 1865. The receiving vault was built following Oak Ridge Cemetery's dedication made in 1860. The vault . . . Map (db m82147) HM
98 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Reconstruction and Renovation
The Lincoln tomb has undergone two reconstructions. The first, undertaken from 1899 to 1901, corrected a failing foundation. the structure was completely dismantled, new foundations were placed and the tomb was re-erected with an additional 15 feet . . . Map (db m49006) HM
99 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Republican Wigwams — Looking for Lincoln — 1860 —
During the 1860 election Illinois Republicans held conventions in temporary wood and canvas structures dubbed "Wigwams." "Wigwams" were reminiscent of the "Log Cabins" from the 1840 presidential campaign. They quickly became symbols of . . . Map (db m57073) HM
100 Illinois, Sangamon County, Springfield — Reservoir Park and Lanphier High School
The site where Lanphier High School now stands was once known as Reservoir Park. Constructed in the late 1870s, Reservoir Park was a popular recreation spot that integrated a lagoon and huge reservoir, which served as the City of Springfield's water . . . Map (db m162041) HM

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