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Old State Capitol - Springfield, IL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
N 39° 48.100 W 089° 38.917
16S E 273247 N 4409101
Quick Description: This Building served as Illinois' Capitol from 1839-1876.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 6/15/2011 8:55:13 PM
Waymark Code: WMBR6T
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 8

Long Description:
Abrham Lincoln had served in this building and his body lay in state here before its interment.
This website (visit link) gives more information:
"The Old State Capitol is a reconstruction of Illinois’ fifth statehouse, the first to be located in Springfield. The building served as the seat of state government and a center of Illinois political life from 1839 to 1876. During the dramatic years leading to the Civil War, the building had an important role in the political struggle between Stephen A. Douglas (1813-1861) and Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865). Lincoln visited the building frequently as both a lawyer and a politician, serving in the building during his last term in the Illinois House of Representatives and delivering the famous 1858 “House Divided” speech in Representatives Hall, and using the governor’s rooms as a headquarters during the 1860 presidential campaign. The building was the scene of the assassinated President’s final laying-in-state on May 3-4, 1865. "

There is no charge to visit. Call 524-3971 for hours since the times are seasonal.
Visit the Capitol's website at (visit link)
Type of site: Other

1 Old State Capitol Plaza
Springfield, IL USA

Phone Number: 524-3971

Admission Charged: No Charge

Website: [Web Link]

Driving Directions: Not listed

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