Throughout central Illinois and beyond, visitors can explore the
215 wayside exhibits in 52 communities that form the "Looking for
Lincoln Story Trail." The Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition has
a brand-new guide to make it easier to find each and every exhibit
and has recently upgraded its website at
www.lookingforlincoln.com, complete with a downloadable
brochure, a map and a full set of GPS coordinates.
The 215 waysides describe the unique story about Abraham
Lincoln's ties to that community.
Lincoln and Logan County are proud to be home to six of these
engaging wayside exhibits. All of them are highlighting Lincoln's
time in Logan County. Visitors throughout the county are encouraged
to search out these markers, learning about Lincoln, as well as
visiting some of the other local historical sites that are rich in
"In Europe, hikers mark their progress on historic trails by
taking rubbings from various markers along their route. The same is
now possible through the Looking for Lincoln Story Trail," said Hal
Smith, director of the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.
"Visitors can take rubbings and photos at each amazing wayside
exhibit they visit and then collect them all into a lifetime of
memories as they explore the Lincoln legacy on their own journey
back in time."
The main Looking for Lincoln website also contains suggested hub
tours and site information that visitors may consider as they
explore additional Lincoln sites, museums, courthouses and audio
tours, along with other area attractions and special events.
The Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area, designated in 2008 by
Congress, is the only heritage area in America named for a
president. It was designated to preserve, enhance and promote
visitor experiences in the 42 counties in central Illinois where
Lincoln lived for nearly 30 years. The Looking for Lincoln Heritage
Coalition, which manages the heritage area, is a consortium of
Lincoln-related communities and sites whose purpose is to tell the
stories about Lincoln that are unique to each site and community.
Their goal is to interpret and protect those sites through
partnerships, while creating rich and rewarding visitor experiences.
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Abraham Lincoln's history has been woven throughout the history
of Lincoln and Logan County from the very beginning, and the markers
are a great learning tool and reminder of how Abraham Lincoln's
influence is still felt today.
From the wayside exhibits, to Lincoln Heritage Museum, to
Postville Courthouse, visitors can learn about Abraham Lincoln in
and around Lincoln, bringing history alive. Visitors can stop in at
the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County, located at the
Information Station, 1555 Fifth St. in Lincoln, and pick up the new
Looking for Lincoln Story Trail brochure before they head out on
their Lincoln history adventure.
[Text from file received from
the Illinois Historic
Preservation Agency and the
Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of