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ATLANTA

 

www.atlantaillinois.org

 

Atlanta was founded in 1853.  Abraham Lincoln made a speech here in support of John C. Freemont for Republican President Candidate (Oct. 23, 1856).  A. Lincoln also attended a Fourth of July celebration here at Turner's Grove in 1859.  Atlanta is located on the famous Route 66 from Chicago to California.

 

BAKERVILLE*

 

Location of a griest mill, saw mill, and brick tile factory built by Samuel Baker. In 1833, Samuel Baker came to Illinois when in his mid-teens. he probably came to Bakerville after the Civil War. Previously, the Baker family lived at the Yankeetown Settlement about 2 miles southwest. The chimney and some clay pits remain from Baker's grist and saw mills, and the brick-tile factory. The site is marked by a historical marker.

 

BEASON

 

Founded in 1872 and platted by Silas Beason and others. Silas Beason was a lawyer and was instrumental in attracting the Illinois Central Railroad to Beason.

 

BELL

 

 

BETHEL*

 

Originally a brandh of the Sugar Creek Congregation located east of Bethel, the church was built in 1854. Big Prairie post office was located east of the present church and Bethel grade school stood across the road. The cemetery adjoins the church.

 

BROADWELL

 

 

BURTONVIEW

 

Is the smallest town in Logan County. In 1871 a railroad was started and it was completed in January 1873. The town was settled in 1873. Originally it was known as Burton, the Burton View in 1873 when a post office was established there. Later it was changed to one word Burtonview.

 

CHESTERVALE

 

 

CHESTNUT

 

http://history.rays-place.com/il/logan-chestnut.htm

 

Chicago Tribune (1992): Chestnut - heart Of The Heartland

 

Platted in 1872 by David Clark and named in honor of railroad official Logan B. Chestnut.  The Illinois Central Railroad played an important role in development of the community. It claims to be the geographic center of the state of Illinois. A monument in the village park and common honors this distinction.

 

CORNLAND

 

Was surveyed and platted in August, 1871, and named by Joshua Day who had owned the land. The town was dedicated September 28, 1871.  John D. Gillett, known as the "Cattle King of the World" in the 1870's, had his farm-home here.  In 2010, the State Bank of Cornland celebrated its 90th year.

 

ELKHART

 

www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org

 

Elkhart Hill is 777 feet high and covers more than 600 acres. Native Americans believed the hill to be in the shape of an elk's heart. The gravesite of Captain Adam Bogardus, wing shoe champion of the world, who traveled with Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show and a Mississippi River boat show here. The John Dean Gillett Memorial Chapel is on Elkhart Hill. J. D. Gillett became known as the "Cattle Kind of the World" because of his breeding of short-horn cattle. We was a personal friend of Abraham Lincoln. The hill is also the gravesite of Richard J. Oglesby, General, Governor, and Senator.

 

EMDEN

 

Emden was named for Emden, on the River Ems in northern Germany. The town was surveyed in 1871. Teis Smid, a blacksmith and William Smith are credited with the establishment of Emden.

 

EVANS

 

 

FOGARTY

 

 

HARTSBURG

 

Founded in 1871 by David Harts and surveyed by Thomas Gardner of Pekin, Illinois

 

LAKE  FORK

 

Founded in 1881. Indian mounds have been identified in the area. 

 

LATHAM

 

History of Logan County (1911) by L. B. Stringer - Latham

 

Surveyed in 1871 and incorporated in 1884.  It was a station on the Peoria, Lincoln, Mt. Pulaski, Decatur and Evansville Railroad.  Named for Civil War Colonel Robert B. Latham of nearby town of Lincoln, who helped build the railroad.  There still exist landmarks in Latham's name in the town of Lincoln (a building on the west side of the square and Latham Park).

 

LAWNDALE

 

Lawndale was laid out and platted by Thomas Easten in 1854. Easten had already erected a saw mill, home, and store on the Kickapoo Creek near the sited. At one time, the Lawndale elevator handled more grain shipments than any elevator between Chicago and St. Louis. Lawndale was also known as Kickapoo by the early settlers of the area.

 

LINCOLN

 

http://www.lincolnil.gov

 

 Lincoln was the first city to be named for Abraham Lincoln, and event which occurred in 1953 before he became a nationally known figure. Abraham Lincoln christened the town, named in his honor, with the juice from a watermelon. Stephen A. Douglas spoke here on September 4, 1958, during his famous campaign against Abraham Lincoln for the Senate seat.  Lincoln was in attendance, but did not speak.  Lincoln College was chartered on February 6, 1865 - President Lincoln was notified of this before his assassination a few months later.

 

LUCAS

 

 

MIDDLETOWN

 

Was founded by Hiram S. Allen on October 12, 1832. It is the oldest town in Logan County. Abraham Lincoln, then living in New Salem, witnessed the deed to the first lot sold in the community in June, 1833. The town was a stagecoach stop midway on the route between Peoria and Springfield -  the oldest such wooden structure in Illinois.  It is believed that Abraham Lincoln stayed at the Inn.  Middletown is also home to the Knapp library and museum. The Knapp building is the oldest brick building in Logan county.

 

MOUNTJOY

 

 

MOUNT  PULASKI

 

www.mtpulaskiil.com

 

Founded in 1836. Named for Count Casimir Pulaski, a Revolutionary War Patriot. Mt. Pulaski Courthouse served as Logan County Courthouse from 1848 through 1855. The courthouse is one of two remaining courthouses on the Eighth Judicial Circuit whereAbraham Lincoln practiced law.  It is listed on the National Historic Register and waspurchased and restored by the State of Illinois in 1936.  In 1999, a joint resolution was passed by the United States Congress requesting that General Pulaski receive an United States Honorary Citizenship.  President Barack Obama granted this enactment with his signature in 1999.  There is a Mt. Pulaski Township Historical Society, which cares for its 2-building 2-story historical museum and genealogical center on the south side of the square across from the courthouse.  Among many attractions in this museum is an Abraham Lincoln room, an old walk-in bank vault, and music room partially devoted to a stared member of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Vaughn DeLeath, who was born and raised here.

 

NARITA

 

 

NEW HOLLAND

 

Founded by Oliver W. Holland in April, 1875

 

SAN JOSE

 

The town itself lies in two counties: Logan and Mason. It lies in the extreme northwest
 part of Logan County. It was surveyed and platted by E. Z. Hunt in 1857.

 

SKELTON

 

 

 

UNION

 


 

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