The original Hancock County Commissioner's Court Seal adopted in 1833—-featuring a plow and steamboat—-reflected the dream of burgeoning agrarian markets that motivated the early Anglo-American settlers in this region. Farmers used oxen or horses to pull the plows that turned over the prairie. Oxen were steady and strong, though horses were preferred because they were faster. Yet as late as 1835 early settlers were still feeding their horses grass cut from the open prairie where the courthouse now stands.
"Keep a strict outlook over the prairie towards Nauvoo," the captain of the Carthage Greys ordered fourteen-year old William R. Hamilton, son of the Hamilton House proprietor, as he scampered up to the courthouse cupola at midday on June 27, 1844. Earlier Governor Thomas Ford had detailed the Greys to guard the Mormon leaders Joseph and Hyrum Smith incarcerated in the Carthage jail—-(two blocks northwest of here). The Greys were encamped on the southwest corner of the courthouse square—-and were apparently unprepared several hours later when young Hamilton shouted that a body of armed men was approaching the jail. "I have always thought the officers and some privates were working for delay," Hamilton stated years later. "The company finally reached the jail, but not until after the mob had completed their work."
|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
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|Date Added||Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 7:11pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15T E 658238 N 4475178|
|Decimal Degrees||40.41220000, -91.13500000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 24.732', W 91° 8.1'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 24' 43.92" N, 91° 8' 6.00" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 544 Wabash Ave, Carthage IL 62321, US|
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