Lincoln-Douglas Debates

Lincoln-Douglas Debates (HM16M5)

Location: Jonesboro, IL 62952 Union County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 27.444', W 89° 16.112'

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In Commemoration
on the afternoon of
September the 15th, 1858
upon this acre in the Jonesboro fair-grounds
and as rival candidates for the United States
Senatorship from the State of Illinois.

Abraham Lincoln
Stephen A. Douglas
met in the third joint-debate of the seven
Lincoln-Douglas Debates

Upon the principles set forth here the Senate election was lost to Mr. Lincoln, but he did gain much prominence nationally and was elected to the Presidency in 1860. Served as Civil-War President. Was re-elected in 1864. He truly was Illinois' gift "The Man for the Ages". This debate cast a long shadow upon the pages of history.

50th-75th-100th anniversaries celebrated here. In 1963 the old stone marker became defaced and was replaced with this stone and this plaque was dedicated on September 15th, 1963.
HM NumberHM16M5
Year Placed1963
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Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 9:25pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 299356 N 4148031
Decimal Degrees37.45740000, -89.26853333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 27.444', W 89° 16.112'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 27' 26.64" N, 89° 16' 6.72" W
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Area Code(s)618
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 501-519 N Main St, Jonesboro IL 62952, US
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Very nice site location inside the Lincoln Park in Jonesboro. Two statues and large rock are in a courtyard with brick pavers. Both statues are life sized replicas of Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. Park was a former fairgrounds and one can see the old track, which is now a walking track. Places to picnic and facilities available on site.

Aug 2, 2015 at 7:15am PDT by mmeisen

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