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(As listed by the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County; fall 2005)

Postville Courthouse -- A reproduction of the original 1840 courthouse visited by lawyer Abraham Lincoln while he traveled the 8th Judicial Circuit. Open Tuesday-Saturday: March-October, noon to 5 p.m.; November-February, noon-4 p.m. Closed most state holidays. Reservations are suggested for groups of 25 or more. Suggested donation of $2 for adults and $1 for children. For additional information, call (217) 732-8930.

Mount Pulaski Courthouse -- One of the only two surviving 8th Judicial Circuit courthouses in Illinois where Abraham Lincoln practiced law. Open Tuesday-Saturday: March-October, noon to 5 p.m.; November-February, noon-4 p.m. Closed New Year's, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Veterans Day, general election days, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Not wheelchair-accessible. For more information, call (217) 732-8930.

Lincoln College Museum -- Houses valuable collections of Lincolniana, Logan County history and American presidential memorabilia. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Open additional hours by appointment. Closed on federal holidays. Open Feb. 12. Call (217) 732-3155, ext. 295, or visit for more information.

Logan County Courthouse -- Located on the square in downtown Lincoln, this courthouse was completed in 1905 and still houses county offices and records dating to 1839. For operating times and further information, call (217) 732-6400 or (217) 732-TOUR.

Heritage In Flight Museum -- Located at the Logan County Airport, the museum is open to provide an educational experience with activities built around aviation. The Heritage In Flight organization provides tours of the museum, flying events at the airport, meetings and aircraft maintenance. Guided tours are scheduled Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. A one-week notice is required. The museum is also open Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. No set admission charge, but donations are appreciated. Call (217) 732-3333 for more information.

Atlanta Public Library and Museum -- Home to both a library and a museum, the Atlanta Public Library and Museum offers a variety of items telling the history of the area. The octagonal-shaped building is listed as a national historic site. Items displayed include war paraphernalia and farming tools. The library is closed Sundays and Mondays. Located at Race and Arch streets, Atlanta, IL 61723. Call (217) 648-2112 for more information.

J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator -- Built in 1904, the J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator is now the oldest wooden grain elevator in the state. This structure is one of the few of its kind to be registered as a historic site. Today it is home to a museum and is open from June to August from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sundays or by appointment. Located in downtown Atlanta.

Pig Hip Museum -- Pig Hip was once a restaurant, and in 2003 it reopened its doors as a collectibles museum. It features porcelain collectibles of the historic Route 66 landmarks, newspaper clippings and more about the building and the road. Located at 101 W. Oak St., Broadwell, IL 62634.

Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site -- Located in Petersburg, this is a preservation of the authentic site of the frontier village of New Salem, home to Abraham Lincoln during the 1830s. Features historical workshops, tours, musical programs, storytelling and museum displays. Open Wednesday through Sunday: Nov. 1-Feb. 28, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; March 1-Oct. 31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free with donations -- suggested $2 for adults, $1 for children. For more information, call (217) 632-4000.

Lincoln's Tomb -- The 117-foot-tall granite tomb contains the bodies of Lincoln, wife Mary and three of his four sons. Features famous Lincoln statuary. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from March through October and until 4 p.m. from November through February. It is closed on major holidays. If you visit at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays from June through August, you can see a flag-lowering ceremony enacted by volunteers in Civil War uniforms. Groups of 25 or more should make reservations. Call (217) 782-2717 for further information.

Lincoln's Home -- The Lincoln home, the centerpiece of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, has been restored to its 1860s appearance, revealing Lincoln as husband, father, politician and president-elect. No fee for the tour. Parking is available in the visitor parking lot on a daily basis. The charge, payable at a self-operated fee machine, is $2 per hour. For visitor information, call (217) 492-4241, ext. 221.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum -- 212 N. Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62701. Museum open Monday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Wednesday, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Library has no admission charge. Museum admission fee is $7.50 for adults 16-61 years of age, $5.50 for seniors 62 years of age and up, $3.50 for children 5-15 years of age, $5.50 for military personnel (ID required), $5.50 for students (school or college ID required); and free for children under 5. For more information, call (217) 558-8882 or visit or

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