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"Lincoln's Elkhart Connection" Wayside
Address: County Road 10 - Elkhart Cemetery  Show Map  Get Directions
City: Elkhart, IL
Phone: 217-947-2046
Scattered throughout the central Illinois landscape are countless places where Lincoln traveled and lived. These places are the real thing and they make up the experience called "Looking for Lincoln." Elkhart’s Looking for Lincoln wayside exhibit is located at the entrance of the Elkhart Cemetery. It details Lincoln’s Elkhart Connection.
"Mt. Pulaski's Lincoln" Wayside
Address: 102 E. Cooke Street  Get Directions
City: Mt. Pulaski, IL
Phone: 217-792-3719
Atlanta Wide Awakes
Address: 112 SW Arch Street  Show Map  Get Directions
City: Atlanta, IL
Phone: 217-732-8687
This Looking For Lincoln wayside tells the story of the Atlanta Wide Awakes, a chapter of the "Wide Awakes" group formed on June 22nd, 1860, in Atlanta, Illinois. The "Wide Awakes" was political group established to support Abraham Lincoln. This group was primarily made up of young, unmarried men, marched through the streets of downtown Atlanta in support of their candidate in solemn, torch-lit spectacles. On August 8th, 1860, the Atlanta Wide Awakes joined a crowd of 80,000 people at the state capital to celebrate Lincoln's presidential nomination. At 10:00 A.M. that morning, a massive parade began with citizens from Atlanta in attendance carrying a banner depicting Abraham Lincoln as the "railsplitter" and his running mate, Hannibal Hamblin. Groups like the Wide Awakes served as poll watchers, to defend against purported attempts of ballot tampering by their political opponents. Other times they often gathered to sing political songs and rally the party faithful to the polls.
City of Lincoln Christening Site
Address: 101 N. Chicago Street  Show Map  Get Directions
City: Lincoln, IL
Phone: 217-732-8687
The Lincoln christening site is located on the corner of Broadway and Sangamon streets in downtown Lincoln. On August 27th, 1853, lots for the new town of Lincoln were being sold. Abraham Lincoln was present and was asked to christen the town by one of the promoters. Abraham Lincoln selected a watermelon from a nearby cart and christened the town with the juice from that watermelon. The city of Lincoln is the only one named after Abraham Lincoln before he became famous.
Elkhart’s “Heritage Corner”
Address: Governor Oglesby & Bogardus Streets  Show Map  Get Directions
City: Elkhart, IL
Phone: 217-947-2046
The Elkhart Heritage Corner is located directly across from the Village Hall on the corner of Governor Oglesby Street and Bogardus Street in historic downtown Elkhart. The corner has three signs covering the history, points of interest, and information on Elkhart Hill. It also has the Lincoln Heritage signs, part of the Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission program and designed during the 2009 celebration of Lincoln’s 200th birthday to celebrate and recapture the legacy of Abraham Lincoln’s involvement in Logan County. One sign depicts the history of Lincoln, Latham and the Kentucky House in Elkhart. The other sign depicts the connection between Lincoln and the early families of Elkhart. Elkhart's “Heritage Corner” is an important historical display for the community, historians and visitors to the Village. A list and map of Lincoln Heritage signs is included in Logan County tourism literature as locations to visit for those interested in Lincoln’s legacy in Illinois. The Heritage Wayside display is a place of interest for the Elkhart Historical Society’s tours and events, held every spring and fall, and visitors to the Village.
Emden Heritage Wayside
Address: 301 Lincoln Street  Get Directions
City: Emden, IL
Phone: 217-376-3859
Heritage Waysides - State Bank of Lincoln
Address: Broadway & Sangamon Streets  Show Map  Get Directions
City: Lincoln, IL
Phone: 217-732-2929
Lincoln's Law Practice Heritage Wayside
Address: 113 S. Washington Street  Show Map  Get Directions
City: Mt. Pulaski, IL
Phone: 217-792-3919
This Looking For Lincoln heritage wayside tells the story of Lincoln's law practice in Mt. Pulaski, Illinois. Unfortunately, a fire destroyed most of the court records pertaining to Abraham Lincoln's Mt. Pulaski legal practice when the Logan County courthouse in Lincoln burned down in 1857. Most of what is known of Lincoln's legal practice in Mt. Pulaski comes from the Illinois State Supreme Court records in Springfield. These records usually include information about trial proceedings that transpired here in the courtroom before the cases were appealed. Other information illustrated on the wayside includes the "Horological Cradle" case, of the stranger cases that lawyer Lincoln handled and information about life while riding the eight judicial circuit.