Abraham Lincoln

History in Paris, Illinois & More!

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My parents eloped to Paris, Illinois in 1957. They married at the Edgar County courthouse. Today I toured this beautiful building. My friend Annie Jansen and I enjoyed the ambience and the lovely murals inside. The Courthouse in Paris and Abraham Lincoln! Built in 1891 the courthouse in Paris is over 100 years old! There […]

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The Lincoln-Van Buren Trail

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Traveling through Rochester, Illinois numerous times I’ve seen the sign on denoting the Lincoln-Van Buren Trail, along with the huge stone silo in town with the colorful Lincoln -Van Buren mural on it. Sadly President Van Buren’s face is a bit tattered, but the picture still remains showing this historic meeting! All these signs prompted […]

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Lincoln trail

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On a Sunday afternoon Keith and I took off for a drive. We wanted to wander, and found ourselves in Carlinville, Illinois. While I had hoped that the lovely bakery, the Hawthorn Tree I had discovered on the square would be open it was not. However, what I did find instead was Lincoln! It is […]

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Petersburg Square

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My sister Debbie and I headed out for an adventure. We found ours in downtown Petersburg, Illinois on the historic square. Looking for a cool place to walk, we parked and struck out in this town with so much history. We learned that the town of Petersburg was actually surveyed by a young Deputy Surveyor […]

Last Stop

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Sometimes history is as close as a short drive away. That is true of this iconic statue The Last Stop created by John McClarey of Abraham Lincoln in nearby Christian County. Who doesn’t love an Honest Abe story? I found one on the Taylorville Illinois square where there is a very lovely yet comical statue […]