Abraham Lincoln in his own hand drafted the original legislative bill that created Logan County. The county became part of the Eighth judicial circuit in 1839—-which circuit became the primary locus of Lincoln's traveling law practice. Whenever court came to town commotions ensued. People in the streets surrounding the courthouse square could often hear lawyers shouting in the second floor courtroom. Newcomers were known to nervously inquire whether a fire, a riot or a murder was in progress! "An investigation would disclose an attorney within arms length of the jury using his vocal energies to the utmost...while indulging in physical gymnastics" that endangered the eyes of the jury members.
Lizzie Lushbaugh retained vivid memories of Lincoln's visit to her father's Mt. Pulaski home when he traveled here for circuit court. The Thomas P. Lushbaugh family had previously been Springfield neighbors of the Lincolns. "When Mr. Lincoln at at our table his hair was always rumpled and he was constantly running his long fingers through it," Lizzie recalled. While Lincoln kept up a lively conversation, it was her duty to keep flies off the table by "swinging a brush made of fancy paper cut in strips" since there were no insect screens. Lincoln was also friends of Jebez Capps—-one of Mt. Pulaski's earliest pioneers. When Capps first arrived his family slept on beds of cut prairie grass and cooked food over the hole of an old wolf's den.
|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
|Placed By||Looking For Lincoln Heritage coalition|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 8:10am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16T E 304985 N 4431267|
|Decimal Degrees||40.00910000, -89.28481667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 0.546', W 89° 17.089'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 0' 32.76" N, 89° 17' 5.34" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 100-198 S Washington St, Mt Pulaski IL 62548, US|
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