Homepage of "Mr. Lincoln, Route 66, & Other Highlights of Lincoln, IL"

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A Long-Range Plan to Brand the First Lincoln Namesake City as the Second City of Abraham Lincoln Statues

The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration in Lincoln, Illinois

Abraham Lincoln and the Historic Postville Courthouse,
including a William Maxwell connection to the Postville Courthouse

About Henry Ford and the Postville Courthouse, the Story of the Postville Courthouse Replica,
Tantivy, & the Postville Park Neighborhood in the
Route 66 Era


The Rise of Abraham Lincoln and His History and Heritage in His First Namesake Town,
also the founding of Lincoln College, the plot to steal Lincoln's body, and memories of Lincoln College and the Rustic Tavern-Inn

Introduction to the Social & Economic History of Lincoln, Illinois,
including poetry by William Childress & commentary by Federal Judge Bob Goebel & Illinois Appellate Court Judge Jim Knecht

"Social Consciousness in William Maxwell's Writings Based on Lincoln, Illinois" (an article published in the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, winter 2005-06

Peeking Behind the Wizard's Screen: William Maxwell's Literary Art as Revealed by a Study of the Black Characters in Billie Dyer and Other Stories

Introduction to the Railroad & Route 66 Heritage of Lincoln, Illinois

The Living Railroad Heritage of Lincoln, Illinois: on Track as a Symbol of the "Usable Past"


Route 66 Overview Map of Lincoln with 42 Sites, Descriptions, & Photos

The Hensons of Business Route 66

The Wilsons of Business
Route 66
including the Wilson Grocery & Shell Station

Route 66 Map & Photos Showing Lincoln Memorial Park
(former Chautauqua site),
the Historic Cemeteries, & Nearby Sites

Route 66 Map & Photos Showing Salt Creek & Cemetery Hill,
the highway bridges, GM&O bridge, Madigan State Park, the old dam (with photos & Leigh's memoir of "shooting the rapids" over the old dam), & the Ernie Edwards' Pig-Hip Restaurant Museum in Broadwell

The Historic Logan County Courthouse, Past & Present

Route 66 Map with 51 Sites in the Business & Courthouse Square Historic District,
including locations of historical markers
(on the National Register of Historic Places)

Vintage Scenes of the Business & Courthouse Square Historic District

The Foley House:  A Monument to Civic Leadership
(on the National Register of Historic Places)

Agriculture in
the Route 66 Era

Arts & Entertainment Heritage,
including the Lincoln Theatre Roy Rogers' Riders Club of the 1950s

Business Heritage

Cars, Trucks & Gas Stations of the Route 66 Era

including the hometown churches of Author William Maxwell & Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr

Factories, Past and Present

Food Stores of
the Route 66 Era


Hospitals, Past and Present

Hotels & Restaurants of the Railroad & Route 66 Eras

Lincoln Developmental Center
(Lincoln State School & Colony in the Route 66 era), plus
debunking the myth of Lincoln, Illinois, choosing the Asylum over the University of Illinois

Mining Coal, Limestone, & Sand & Gravel; Lincoln Lakes; & Utilities


Museums & Parks, including the Lincoln College Museum and its Abraham Lincoln Collection, plus the Heritage-in-Flight Museum

with Distinction

News Media in the Route 66 Era

The Odd Fellows' Children's Home


Memories of the 1900 Lincoln Community High School,
including Fred Blanford's dramatic account of the lost marble fountain of youth

A Tribute to the Historians and Advocates of Lincoln, Illinois

Watering Holes of the Route 66 Era

The Historic 1953 Centennial Celebration of Lincoln, Illinois

The Festive 2003 Sesqui-centennial Celebration of Lincoln, Illinois,
including photos of LCHS Class of 1960 dignitaries & the Blanfords

Why Did the State Police Raid Lincoln, Illinois, on October 11, 1950?

The Gambling Raids in Lincoln and Logan County, Illinois,
During the Late Route 66 Era (1950-1960)


Pages in this section tell about Leigh Henson's Lincoln years, moving away, revisits, and career:

About Lincoln, Illinois;
This Web Site; & Me

A Tribute to Lincolnite Edward Darold Henson: World War II U.S. Army Veteran of the Battles for Normandy and the Hedgerows; Brittany and Brest; and the Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge)

For Remembrance, Understanding, & Fun: Lincoln Community High School Mid-20th-Century Alums' Internet Community
(a Web site and email exchange devoted to collaborative memoir and the sharing of photos related to Lincoln, Illinois)

Leigh Henson's Pilgrimage to Lincoln, Illinois, on
July 12, 2001

Leigh Henson's Review of Dr. Burkhardt's William Maxwell Biography

Leigh Henson's Review of Ernie Edwards' biography, Pig-Hips on Route 66, by William Kaszynski

Leigh Henson's Review of Jan Schumacher's Glimpses of Lincoln, Illinois

Teach Local Authors: Considering the Literature of Lincoln, Illinois

Web Site About
Leigh Henson's Professional Life


Pages in this section are about the writing, memorabilia, and Web sites of other Lincolnites:

A Tribute to Bill and Phyllis Stigall:
Exemplary Faculty of Lincoln College at Mid-Twentieth Century

A Tribute to the Krotzes of Lincoln, Illinois

A Tribute to Robert Wilson (LCHS '46): Author of Young in Illinois, Movies Editor of December Magazine, Friend and Colleague of December Press Publisher Curt Johnson, and Correspondent with William Maxwell

Brad Dye (LCHS '60): His Lincoln, Illinois, Web Site,
including photos of many churches

Dave Armbrust's Memorabilia of Lincoln, Illinois

J. Richard
(JR) Fikuart
(LCHS '65):
he Fikuarts of Lincoln, Illinois, including their connections to the William Maxwell family and three generations of family fun at Lincoln Lakes

Jerry Gibson (LCHS '60): Lincoln, Illinois, Memoirs & Other Stories

Dave Johnson (LCHS '56): His Web Site for the Lincoln Community High School Class of 1956

Sportswriter David Kindred: Memoir of His Grandmother Lena & Her West Side Tavern on Sangamon Street in the Route 66 Era

Judge Jim Knecht
(LCHS '62): Memoir and Short Story, "Other People's Money," Set in Hickey's Billiards on Chicago Street in the Route 66 Era

William A. "Bill" Krueger (LCHS '52): Information for His Books About Murders in Lincoln

Norm Schroeder (LCHS '60): Short Stories

Stan Stringer Writes About His Family, Mark Holland, and Lincoln, Illinois

Thomas Walsh: Anecdotes Relating to This Legendary Attorney from Lincoln by Attorney Fred Blanford & Judge Jim Knecht

Leon Zeter (LCHS '53): His Web Site for the
Lincoln Community High School Class of 1953
including announcements of LCHS class reunions

(Post yours there.)


Highway Sign of
the Times:

The Route 66
Association of Illinois

The Illinois State Historical Society

Illinois Tourism Site:
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Marquee Lights of the Lincoln Theater, est. 1923, Lincoln, Illinois

  You can go home again.  Email Leigh Henson at DLHenson@missouristate.edu.


Overview of Home to Tunnel Hill: The True Story
of One Family's Historic Odyssey Into and Out of Mormonism, 1775--2010

by Joseph Morris Webb, Ph.D., D.Min.

     At Lincoln, Illinois, Joseph Morris Webb was salutatorian of the Lincoln Community High School Class of 1960, and in 1964 he earned a B.A. from Lincoln Christian College (now Lincoln Christian University). His father, John Morris Webb, was a professor and dean at Lincoln Christian College at mid-twentieth century. After decades of working first in journalism and then in higher education as professor and administrator at several institutions, Joseph Morris Webb published Home to Tunnel Hill in the summer of 2014. This book has 214 pages with 10 pages of black-and-white photos. Webb is a full professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, North Carolina. He is also an ordained minister of the Christian Church and the author of seven books for the clergy.

     Professor Webb's book is a major contribution to Illinois and US religious history. It tells how several interrelated families from deep in the Illinois Ozarks have played key roles in the foundation and development of the Community of Christ--a major, progressive Protestant denomination--from the early 19th century into the twenty-first century. This is a dramatic, multi-generational story with plot twists involving peculiar romance, love, and devotion as well as personal tragedy, polygamy, and murder.

About the Author

Selected Pages of Photos from Home to Tunnel Hill

     The first photo depicts early leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) and the Reorganized Church of Latter-Day Saints (now the Community of Christ) who took their messages to the pioneer families of southern Illinois (Illinois Ozarks).


The Author's Father and Webb Grandparents


The Tunnel Hill (IL) Community of Christ Church



     The Community of Christ Church (international), formerly the Reorganized Church of Latter-Day Saints (RLDS): http://www.cofchrist.org/.

     Henson, Alma Lee Rockett "Bud," selected pages from A Henson Family History featuring biographical information/reminiscence about John F. "Blackberry" Henson. He was an assistant to the RLDS evangelist Isaac A. Morris, and John F. became a legendary minister of the RLDS: http://findinglincolnillinois.com/hensonhistory.pdf  (PDF suggested reading at 50%). John F. Henson was D. Leigh Henson's great, great grandfather.

     Henson, John F. "Blackberry," his gravesite at the Henson Cemetery, Wayne County, Illinois: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSsr=81&GScid=106118&GRid=66126099&.

     Lincoln Christian University: https://www.lincolnchristian.edu/.

     For information about Allen Nimrod Webb, including his Civil War military service; Parlee Webb Henson; Ruth A. Webb Henson; and D. Leigh Henson, see http://findinglincolnillinois.com/ruthhensons.html.

     Pictorial Supplement: Webb/Henson Roots in the Illinois Ozarks: https://plus.google.com/photos/114307296088529300771/albums/5231511121294891921?authkey=CIHN_ZWKvZSciwE.

     Webb Cemetery of Johnson County, Illinois, at Find a Grave: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=108770&CScn=Webb+Cemetery&CScntry=4&CSst=16&.

     Webb, Joseph Morris, "joseph webb's blog," an online autobiography: http://joseph-webb.blogspot.com/2008/07/1-introduction.html.

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"The Past Is But the Prelude"


The founding fathers of this town asked their attorney, Abraham Lincoln, for permission to name this new community after him. and he agreed.  On the first day lots were publicly sold--August 27, 1853--, Abraham Lincoln, near the site of the train depot, used watermelon juice to christen the town as Lincoln, Illinois.  It thus became the first town named for Abraham Lincoln before he became famous.