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Middle Section - - Champaign's Lincoln Marker image, Touch for more information
By Courtesy:: Trevor Searcy, May 23, 2010
Middle Section - - Champaign's Lincoln Marker
Illinois (Champaign County), Champaign — Champaign's Lincoln — Looking for Lincoln —
On 1st Street at East Park Street, on the left when traveling north on 1st Street.
Top Section Until the Illinois Central Railroad rolled into town, geese flocked to a pond in this vicinity. The IC cleared the pond and donated the land to the Congregationalist (today the Community United Church of Christ). Their . . . — Map (db m31113) HM
Illinois (Champaign County), Champaign — The First Congregational ChurchChampaign Historic Site
On 1st Street at East Park Street, on the left when traveling north on 1st Street.
The First Congregational Church, built in 1855-56, was popularly known as the “Goose Pond” Church, because the site was once a water-filled area, home to flocks of wild geese and ducks. The church became a meeting center for numerous . . . — Map (db m31118) HM
Illinois (Champaign County), Homer — Beginning of the Lincoln Circuit Trail — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial Circuit —
On Homer Lake Road (County Route 14) west of South Homer Lake Road (County Route 2575 E), on the right when traveling east.
A National Historic trail of the Boy Scouts of America established in 1963 as part of the circuit traveled between Urbana and Danville, Il. By Abraham Lincoln on the Eighth Judicial District in 1847 - 1859. The trail traverses 16 miles easterly . . . — Map (db m23955) HM
Illinois (Champaign County), Homer — On The Bloomington Road / The Clark Neighborhood — Looking for Lincoln —
On Homer Lake Road (County Road 14) west of South Homer Lake Road (County Route 2575 E), on the left when traveling west.
On the Bloomington Road The Fort Clark Road, later known as the Bloomington or State Road, was an important artery for commerce between Danville and Urbana. The road was first approved in 1826 by the Illinois Assembly. It was the first . . . — Map (db m23850) HM
Illinois (Champaign County), Homer — Potawatomi Trail of DeathDavis' Point Encampment — September 20, 1838 —
On County Route 1250 N west of County Route N 300 E, on the right when traveling west.
Some 800 Potawatomi were forcibly removed by U.S. and Indiana officials from near Plymouth, Indiana and taken to eastern Kansas in 1838. Enroute 39 recorded deaths occurred. This tragic event became known as the “Trail of Death”. The . . . — Map (db m32503) HM
Illinois (Champaign County), Longview — Community Honor Roll of Those Who Served1912 - World War One - 1918 — 1941 - World War Two - 1945 —
On East Logan Street, on the right when traveling east.
Map (db m89255) WM
Illinois (Champaign County), Longview — Former Site of Orizaba IL1879-1891
On County Route 2100E at County Route 100N, on the left when traveling south on County Route 2100E.
Former Site of ORIZABA IL 1879-1891 Site donated by Elizabeth Churchill De Moss Erected in 1988 by the Longview Lions Club — Map (db m89253) HM
Illinois (Champaign County), Longview — Site of German Lutheran Immanuel Church
On County Route 300N 0.2 miles east of County Route 2100E, on the left when traveling east.
Services for this congregation began in 1870 in the Fairview schoolhouse one mile west, on the N.E. corner. The congregation was organized on October 29, 1876. This site for the first church, 208' x 209', was donated on January 11, 1877 by Claus and . . . — Map (db m89254) HM
Illinois (Champaign County), Mahomet — Champaign County's Lincoln — Looking for Lincoln —
Near Lake of the Woods Country Park Road east of Route 47.
(Top Section) Champaign County was always on Lincoln’s circuit. Abraham Lincoln spent nearly 20 years of his life practicing law on the 8th Judicial Circuit, traveling from one county seat to another. Even as the circuit shrank while . . . — Map (db m24340) HM
Illinois (Champaign County), Mahomet — Lincoln's Mahomet / Mahomet's Lincoln — Looking for Lincoln —
On East Oak Street west of Heather Drive, on the left when traveling west.
Lincoln’s Mahomet Upper Section The village of Middletown-Mahomet was platted by Daniel Porter in 1832 on the west bank of the Sangamon River near its headwaters. The main street of the village was actually a new road, made necessary by . . . — Map (db m24374) HM
Illinois (Champaign County), Ogden — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial DistrictChampaign / Vermilion Counties — County Line Marker —
On County Route 1350N at County Route 2800E, on the left when traveling east on County Route 1350N.
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District 1847 - 1859 — Map (db m10987) HM
Illinois (Champaign County), Sadorus — Henry Sadorus — First White Settler —
On North West Street south of North Front Street, on the right when traveling south.
In memory of Henry Sadorus First White Settler in Champaign County March 7, 1824 — Map (db m33301) HM
Illinois (Champaign County), Sadorus — Potawatomi Trail of DeathSadorus's Grove Encampment — September 22, 1838 —
On North West Street at North Front Street, on the left when traveling north on North West Street.
Over 800 Potawatomi were forcibly removed from near Plymouth, Indiana by U. S. And Indiana Officials and taken to eastern Kansas in 1838. This historic event was named the “Trail of Death” after the tragic occurrence of 39 recorded . . . — Map (db m33251) HM
Illinois (Champaign County), Sidney — Potawatomi Trail of DeathSidney Encampment — September 21, 1838 —
On Dunlap Woods north of East Main Street, on the right when traveling north.
Over 800 Potawatomi encamped at Sidney after their forced removal by U.S. and Indiana officials from near Plymouth, Indiana. They were being marched to eastern Kansas. Two people died at Sidney, including a child. A total of 39 Potawatomi tragically . . . — Map (db m33248) HM
Illinois (Champaign County), St. Joseph — Lincoln at Kelley's Tavern — Looking for Lincoln —
On Homer Lake Road west of County Route 12, on the right when traveling west.
Kelley’s Tavern was originally called Strong’s Inn after Cyrus Strong, who built a mud-mortar log cabin here in the 1830's. The inn at Strong’s Ford was a stop on the Bloomington or State Road from Danville west to Urbana. Kelley’s Inn was a stop . . . — Map (db m23803) HM
Illinois (Champaign County), Tolono — Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stop
On N. Long Street (U.S. 45) at West Strong Street, on the left when traveling south on N. Long Street.
Abraham Lincoln made his farewell address to the people of Illinois at the Tolono Station February 11, 1861. "I am leaving you on an errand of national importance, attended as you are aware with considerable difficulties. Let us believe as some poet . . . — Map (db m4720) HM
Illinois (Champaign County), Tolono — Lincoln in Tolono — Looking for Lincoln —
On Long Street (U.S. 45) at West Austin Street, on the right when traveling north on Long Street.
Abraham Lincoln traveled through Tolono by locomotive at least eighteen times. He whiled the time away for his train connections by playing horseshoes and visiting with the Tolono residents. While campaigning in Illinois, Lincoln would frequently . . . — Map (db m23816) HM
Illinois (Champaign County), Urbana — Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial DistrictUrbana, Illinois — County-Seat Marker —
On East Main Street, on the right when traveling east.
Abraham Lincoln traveled this way as he rode the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District ···1847 - 1857 — Map (db m12194) HM
Illinois (Champaign County), Urbana — Anthropology and Society
Near South Mathews Avenue at West Oregon Street.
Anthropology and Society During the mid-twentieth century, two anthropologists made landmark contributions to their field. Julian H. Steward developed cultural ecology, a method for studying cultural change by analyzing the interaction of . . . — Map (db m109619) HM
Illinois (Champaign County), Urbana — Illini Supersweet Corn
Near South Mathews Avenue 0.1 miles west of West Oregon Street.
Illini Supersweet Corn In 1953, John R. Laughnan discovered that kernels of mutant corn were "unusually sweet." Within eight years, Laughnan had developed the "Illini Supersweet" hybrid that revolutionized the sweet corn industry. . . . — Map (db m109618) HM
Illinois (Champaign County), Urbana — Lincoln & Photography — Looking for Lincoln —
On South Race Street south of West Main Street, on the left when traveling north.
Top Section During the Spring term of the Circuit Court in 1858, Abraham Lincoln sat for a portrait with photographer Samuel Alschuler. Alschuler’s studio was on the second floor of the Lowenstern Building, at the southwest corner of . . . — Map (db m31120) HM
Illinois (Champaign County), Urbana — Urbana's Lincoln — Looking for Lincoln —
On East Main Street east of South Broadway Avenue, on the right when traveling east.
Top Section Murder, larceny, and even rape- - -the young circuit lawyer Abraham Lincoln, practicing in Urbana, handled cases involving all of these in the courthouse which stood on this city block. Lincoln unsuccessfully defended . . . — Map (db m31119) HM

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