Site Of The Free Press Newspaper

Site Of The Free Press Newspaper (HM2DK8)

Location: Pittsfield, IL 62363 Pike County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 36.447', W 90° 48.268'

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John Nicolay was only 16 years old when he gained employment as a printer's devil at this site; he would eventually become the sole proprietor of the Free Press Newspaper. When old friends Tom Shastid and Abraham Lincoln met one day in Pittsfield, Lincoln asked to be directed to an 'honest printer'. So Tom took his friend right to the Free Press office on this site; and that meeting would eventually lead both Lincoln and John Nicolay (the honest printer) to the White House.John Hay, who wrote editorials and a portion of his famous Pike County Ballads in the Free Press office, joined Nicolay as Lincoln's personal secretaries.
HM NumberHM2DK8
Placed ByLooking for Lincoln
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 688487 N 4386492
Decimal Degrees39.60745000, -90.80446667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 36.447', W 90° 48.268'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 36' 26.82" N, 90° 48' 16.08" W
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Area Code(s)217
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200 E Washington St, Pittsfield IL 62363, US
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