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Springfield, Illinois Sites

When it comes to historic Lincoln sites, Springfield is clearly the epicenter. Here, Lincoln steps off his marble pedestal and sheds some of his mystical aura. Around town, his memory stays fresh, thanks to preservationists and interested townspeople. Roam around downtown and it appears that Lincoln just closed his kitchen door, stepped away from his law office, or wrapped up a case in court.

In 1863 President Lincoln acknowledged this city when he wrote, "Springfield is my home, and there, more than elsewhere, are my life-long friends." Local residents still take pride in their famous townsman and make visitors welcome, even the umpteenth tourist or busload of kids.


Tour Suggestions
Allow at least one full day to tour historic Lincoln sites in Springfield. If you park downtown in one of the ramps, you can walk to six of the seven most-visited Lincoln sites:

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Lincoln Home
Lincoln Depot
Lincoln Family Church
Law Offices
Old State Capitol

You will find the Lincoln Tomb a few miles north of downtown in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Springfield/Lincoln Walking Tours

Springfield Information
Taking a group to Springfield or New Salem? Contact the Convention & Visitors Center for help:

Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau
(open 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. weekdays)
109 N. 7th Street
Springfield, IL 62701
1-800-545-7300 or 217/789-2360

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Springfield Hotels/Motels
State Journal-Register Newspaper

Restaurant Suggestions
Some of our favorites in the downtown historic district: Maldaner's at 222 S. Sixth Street (217/522-4313) and Sebastian's at 221 S. Fifth St. (217/789-8988). On the Old Capitol Square: The Feed Store and Robbie's. On the west end of the city you'll find many chain restaurants and cafeterias such as MCL (near White Oaks Mall; 217/787-8706).

Related Reading
Angle, Paul M. Here I Have Lived: A History of Lincoln's Springfield, 1821-1865. Springfield, Illinois: The Abraham Lincoln Association, 1935.
Davenport, Don. In Lincoln's Footsteps: A Historical Guide to the Lincoln Sites in Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky. Revised edition, Trails Books, 2002.
Gary, Ralph. Following in Lincoln's Footsteps: A Historical Reference to Hundreds of Sites Visited by Abraham Lincoln. Carroll & Graf, 2001.

Related Links
Looking for Lincoln
Lincoln "Ghost" Tour in Springfield (State Journal-Register)
Springfield Virtual Reality Tours (State Journal-Register)
Television Programs on Springfield Lincoln Sites (Illinois Channel)

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