Visit the Courthouse Where Lincoln Practiced Law

Visit the Courthouse Where Lincoln Practiced Law

MOUNT PULASKI -- Walk in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln and enjoy food, flea markets, free entertainment and fireworks when Mount Pulaski celebrates its 175th anniversary Thursday through July 4.

The 'Mount" in the name comes from the fact the town is on the highest point in Logan County. The "Pulaski" comes from the Polish general who helped George Washington during the Revolution. A relative of one of the town founder's fought beside him.

Mount Pulaski is best known for one of two original courthouses located on their original sites that can honestly say Lincoln practiced law there. The future president was joined by close friend and confidant David Davis of Bloomington, who was judge of the Eighth Judicial Circuit. Lincoln later appointed him to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Close view of the Abraham Lincoln statue, centerpiece of the Memorial




Close view of the Abraham Lincoln statue, centerpiece of the Memorial


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"This is where it really happened, not recreated on a Hollywood set," said Lincoln scholar Paul Beaver, Lincoln College professor emeritus of history. "It (The Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site) is one of the very few places where when you walk on the floor that was where Lincoln was. When you go upstairs, that is where Lincoln was. I like to be where it really happened."

Tour groups make regular stops in Mount Pulaski because of its Lincoln connection, said Tom Martin, 54, chair of the 175th event. He was also formerly involved with the board of Looking for Lincoln, an effort to promote Lincoln sites in Illinois centered on the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.

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