Lincoln's Lincoln

Lincoln's Lincoln (HM7Y7)

Location: Lincoln, IL 62656 Logan County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 8.865', W 89° 21.816'

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Town Christening Site

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Town Christening Site

On August 27, 1853
the first sale of lots in the new town of Lincoln took place near this spot. In attendance was Abraham Lincoln, in whose honor the town had been named. "Nothing with the name of Lincoln has ever amounted to much," he had reportedly quipped in response.

Lincoln was nevertheless obliging when a promoter asked him on the day of the land sale to officially "christen the town." Lincoln picked an appropriate melon and conducted a brief "christening ceremony."

Thirteen year-old John S. Stevens was in attendance and later recalled the event:

"We were all seated on the several lumber piles. For myself I had selected the end of a projecting board which would spring nicely with my weight and near where Mr. Lincoln stood. He opened the melon with his pocket knife which just reached well through the rind, running all around, bumped the melon on the lumber, it opened nicely with all the core on one side. He cut this core, squeezed the water into a tincup saying,

?Gentlemen, I am requested by the proprietors of the town site to christen it, I have selected the juice of a melon for that purpose, pouring it on the ground. Therefore, in your presence and hearing, I now christen this town site. Its name is Lincoln and soon to be named the permanent capital of Logan County. I have also prepared a feast for the occasion.'

Pulling the wagon cover from the pile of melons, he took one half of the melon he had opened for christening, laid it on the board before me saying, ?The youngest American on the ground shall feast with me on the christening melon.' Picking up the other half he pointed to the pile and said ?Gentlemen, help yourself.'"
HM NumberHM7Y7
Series This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series
Placed ByLooking for Lincoln
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 1:07pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 298669 N 4446834
Decimal Degrees40.14775000, -89.36360000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 8.865', W 89° 21.816'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 8' 51.90" N, 89° 21' 48.96" W
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Area Code(s)217
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1353 Co Rd 900 E, Lincoln IL 62656, US
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