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By Emily Pursley, December 29, 2018
Charles Lame House
Illinois (Pike County), Pittsfield — Charles Lame House
Lincoln visited here. Lincoln’s 1858 Senatorial campaign visit to Pittsfield prompted a test firing of the cannon which was a popular campaign practice of the time. Charles Lame was seriously injured during the test firing. Lincoln walked down to . . . — Map (db m128777) HM
Illinois (Pike County), Pittsfield — Colonel William Ross HouseLincoln Stayed Here
Built 1845-1846, partially destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1896. Lincoln stayed here during his 1858 Senatorial campaign visit. Ross served as an aide to Gen. Atkinson and was responsible for Lincoln's appointment to company captaincy during the . . . — Map (db m128771) HM
Illinois (Pike County), Pittsfield — Commemorating
Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas, who practiced at the Pike County Bar in early days and who spoke in this park in the Senatorial Campaign of 1858; John Hay, author of Pike County Ballads, diplomatist and Secretary of State 1898 - 1905, who . . . — Map (db m78650) HM
Illinois (Pike County), Pittsfield — In Memoriam
In loving and grateful tribute to Pike County's Union Soldiers of the Civil War, the 3,132 heroic men who offered their lives as sacrifice to their country, 1861-1865, and, joining hands in common cause, repeated the oath of America's . . . — Map (db m128708) WM
Illinois (Pike County), Pittsfield — In Memory of John Thomson Hodgen, M.D. and Henry Hodgen Mudd, M.D.
In memory of John Thomas Hodgen, M.D. Born, Hodgenville, KY. January 17. 1826 Died, St. Louis, MO. April 28. 1882 Professor of surgery, St. Louis Medical College President of American Medical Association and Henry Hodgen Mudd, . . . — Map (db m128675) HM
Illinois (Pike County), Pittsfield — John G. NicolayPittsfield, Illinois — Home of John G. Nicolay President Lincoln’s Private Secretary —
John G Nicolay met Abraham Lincoln in the fall of 1856 when he was editor of the county paper in Pittsfield. On that autumn day Pittsfield was in a ferment political excitement. A big meeting had been arranged and Nicolay was on the committee. There . . . — Map (db m137272) HM
Illinois (Pike County), Pittsfield — Lincoln's Pike CountyLooking for Lincoln
Pike County, Illinois was organized January 31, 1821, named for Zebulon Pike, early explorer of the Louisiana Purchase and general in the War of 1812. The first settlement in 1820 was founded by Ebenezer Franklin, followed by Daniel . . . — Map (db m68919) HM
Illinois (Pike County), Pittsfield — Mansion House Hotel
The Mansion House Hotel was built in 1838 by William Watson, the first settler of Pittsfield. According to old records, Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas would gather in the lobby between court sessions while waiting for a verdict. Future Illinois . . . — Map (db m128769) HM
Illinois (Pike County), Pittsfield — Michael J. Noyes HouseLincoln Spoke Here — Built 1841-1846 —
Michael Noyes was a native of New Hampshire and settled in Pittsfield in 1841, after having spent years in Pike County, Mo. He was the founder and editor of Pike County’s first newspaper in 1841, “The Sucker and Farmer’s Record.” He was . . . — Map (db m128779) HM
Illinois (Pike County), Pittsfield — Pike County's Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln was a frequent visitor to Pike County. He left his judicial circuit and crossed the Illinois River to practice law with many of Pike County's leading attorneys, forming close associations with prominent Whig and . . . — Map (db m68918) HM
Illinois (Pike County), Pittsfield — Reuben Scanland HouseBuilt ca. 1850's
Scanland was mayor of Pittsfield and a prominent attorney and judge. He backed Lincoln in the 1858 Senate race and Lincoln stayed here during his visit in October 1858. One of the stories associated with this home is of Mrs. Scanland's turkey . . . — Map (db m128780) HM
Illinois (Pike County), Pittsfield — Site of the Daniel H. Gilmer Home and Law Office.
Abraham Lincoln visited the home and law office of Daniel Gilmer often. Gilmer was a leading attorney and Whig supporter. One day Gilmer’s nine year old daughter Elizabeth, known to everyone as Lizzie, was swinging on the front gate when Lincoln . . . — Map (db m128773) HM
Illinois (Pike County), Pittsfield — Site Of The Free Press Newspaper
John Nicolay was only 16 years old when he gained employment as a printer’s devil at this site; he would eventually become the sole proprietor of the Free Press Newspaper. When old friends Tom Shastid and Abraham Lincoln met one day in Pittsfield, . . . — Map (db m128772) HM
Illinois (Pike County), Pittsfield — Star HotelLincoln Stayed Here — built ca. 1840's —
Built by Capt. George T. Edwards, born March 25, 1814, who emigrated from Tennessee in 1828, and settled in Pittsfield in 1835. Capt. Edwards was active in a number of businesses, including teaming, farming, grocery, mail-contracting & hotel . . . — Map (db m128778) HM
Illinois (Pike County), Pittsfield — The Pike County Poet
Abraham Lincoln formed some very close friendships with several citizens of Pittsfield. Among the most prominent ones were Milton Hay, John Milton Hay, and John George Nicolay. Milton Hay was born in 1817, and he moved to Pittsfield in 1840. He was . . . — Map (db m128776) HM
Illinois (Pike County), Pittsfield — The Printer's Devil
When John George Nicolay was sixteen years old, a friend showed him an ad in The Pike County Free Press newspaper dated May 11, 1848. It advertised for "An intelligent boy, 14 to 17 years of age, who can read and write, to learn the Printing . . . — Map (db m128774) HM
Illinois (Pike County), Pittsfield — The Shastid HouseLooking for Lincoln
John G. Shastid moved his family to Pittsfield in 1836 from New Salem, where he had been a neighbor to Abraham Lincoln. Pittsfield was the county seat, yet there were only six houses here at the time. John bought one of them. Finding the . . . — Map (db m128775) HM
Illinois (Pike County), Pittsfield — Troutner Dam
Named in honor of Mayor T.N. Troutner Whose vision, wise planning, and tireless effort made this project a reality — Map (db m134874) HM
Illinois (Pike County), Pittsfield — Veterans Memorial
A grateful community honors those men and women who have served this nation in the United State's Armed forces. Although you may not have been known by all, you will never be forgotten by any. In God We Trust Pike County, Illinois est. 1821 — Map (db m128629) WM
Illinois (Pike County), Pittsfield — Welcome to Lake PittsfieldFrom the people of the City of Pittsfield
Lake Pittsfield was built by the City of Pittsfield for water supply purposes as part of the Big Blue Creek Watershed. The first multiple purpose watershed project pursuant to the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act of the United States of . . . — Map (db m135258) HM
Illinois (Pike County), Pittsfield — William Grimshaw HouseBuilt 1847
Grimshaw was admitted to the bar in Philadelphia, PA, and came to Pike County in 1833. A prominent local attorney, he was adjutant of the 17th Ill. Militia and a delegate to both state constitutional conventions as a Whig Party member. He authored . . . — Map (db m128770) HM

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