1860 photo taken 4 days after Mr. Lincoln visited Lincoln, Illinois, for the last time. Info at 3 below.

This President grew;
His town does too.
Link to Lincoln:
Lincoln & Logan County Development Partnership

Site Map

Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission of Lincoln, IL

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:
Enjoy Illinois



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April 24, 2004: Awarded "Best Web Site of the Year" by the Illinois State Historical Society "superior achievement: serves as a model for the profession and reaches a greater public."

Marquee Lights of the Lincoln Theater, est. 1923, Lincoln, Illinois

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

18.  Arts and Entertainment Heritage

      ". . . perhaps they [Chautauqua musicians] were the instruments of Change, pointing towards the fast automobiles, the golf courses, and the Sunday-night movies of the future. . . .  The grey-haired members of the audience, guardians of a gentle Calvinistic [Puritanical] era and with fixed ideas of what entertainment was appropriate to a day of worship sat shocked and disapproving.  The rest applauded wildly, reminded of something they had almost forgotten or known only in snatches-- of how wonderful it is to be young. . . ."

                                                       William Maxwell, Time Will Darken It (1948), p. 150.


     Citizens of Lincoln, Illinois, have continuously expressed interest in art and entertainment of many kinds.  Today the Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival is an annual celebration with numerous events, including those emphasizing visual and musical arts.  

     The community also supports the Lincoln Community Theater, Lincoln Writers Club, and the Logan County Arts Association, which sponsors a series of classic films at the Lincoln Cinemas (the Lincoln Theater).  Of course, local schools and colleges also have courses and extracurricular activities relating to theater, drawing, painting, music, and writing.

Theaters in Lincoln, Illinois, During the Route 66 Era

     The Lincoln Theater is the only theater of five in Lincoln, Illinois, to survive from the Route 66 era.  During that period, the other downtown theaters were the Grand and the Vogue.  The two drive-in theaters were the Lincoln Drive In, located on the eastern edge of Lincoln on Route 10, and the Bennis Auto-Vue, located on the northeast side just off the Route 66 "beltline."

18.1:  Lincoln Theater

(Leigh Henson photo, 7-01)

18.2:  Lincoln Theater Marquee at Dusk

(Leigh Henson photo, 7-01)

18.3:  Lincoln Theater and
Marquee in 1939

     Photo from the Logan County centennial edition of the Lincoln Evening Courier, Wednesday, October 18, 1939, p. 7.

18.4:  Grand Theater in the 1930s
(formerly the Broadway Theater)

     Photo from Paul Beaver, Logan County History, 1982, p. 27.

18.5:  Interior of the Grand Theater Showing Balconies,
Luxurious Curtain, and Exotic Oriental Seascape Mural

(Photo provided by Leon Zeter from 1953 Lincolnite)

Summary of Theater History in Lincoln, Illinois

     One of Lincoln's earliest entertainment establishments was Gillett's Hall, "located on the upper floors of the building today [1953] occupied by Jacobs' Clothing Store on Broadway" (Courier, Centennial Edition, Section Seven, August 26, 1953, p. 1).  A photo of the Gillett Building appears on 15. Vintage Scenes of the Business & Courthouse Square Historic District.

     According to the Courier article, Gillett's Hall featured traveling shows that played for a week at a time.  Also, there were "home talent and minstrel shows sponsored by Lincoln civic and fraternal groups to entertain theatre-goers. . . .  As if theatre entertainment were not enough, roller skating took place in Gillett's Hall also as the beaus and their gals spent many an evening whirling along the floor on skates to the tempo of a fine waltz."  Other sites of live entertainment were the upper floors of the Lincoln House and the K.C. Hall (Sanford in Logan County History, 1982, p. 27).  Sanford quotes a source that said parades often preceded live performances.  In 1895, John Cossitt built the Broadway Theater, later known as the Grand (18.4 above) (Courier, Centennial Edition, Section Seven, August 26, 1953, p. 1).

18.6:  Marquee of the Grand from the 1955 Lincolnite

     The most complete history of movie theaters in Lincoln, Illinois, is "'Those Were the Days':  Theaters and Shows in Logan County" by Sanford Patterson and published in Paul Beaver's Logan County History, 1982, pp. 26-28.  He also includes some movie history in his account of local theaters:

     With the arrival of moving pictures in Lincoln, about 1910, several theaters were built, including the X-Ray, Family Theater, Star, Empire, Nickelodian, and Airdrome, which was built by Steve Bennis just east of the present Arcade Building.  Over the years, Mr. Bennis emerged as Lincoln's most successful player in the movie theater business, creating the Bennis Enterprises.  Eventually he owned the Grand and built the fabled Lincoln Theater, the Vogue, and the Bennis Auto-Vue.  Sanford says that the Bennis Auto-Vue was constructed to compete with the Lincoln Drive-In Theater, built on the east end on March, 1953. 

     The drive-in theaters were an attempt to attract viewers that had been lost from regular theaters because of television (History of Logan County 1982, p. 28).  I recall that the location of the Lincoln Drive-In was prone to standing water after heavy rains.  Thus, locals nicknamed this theater the "Lincoln Dive-In."

     In view of its enduring appeal, the Lincoln Theater stands as a living monument to the history of entertainment in this city.

The Lincoln Theater

     The advent of sound ("talking pictures") prompted Mr. Bennis to built the Lincoln Theater, and he bought the land [Kickapoo Street] in 1922 (Lincoln Evening Courier, section 6, Wednesday, August 26, 1953, p. 12).  Sanford Patterson quotes Earl Loeber in describing how Mr. Bennis generated funds for the construction:  "When  Steve decided to build the Lincoln Theater, he hired some high powered salesmen to peddle the stock.  They couldn't sell it so Steve went out and sold it.  That's how he got some of the money to build the theater" (Beaver, History of Logan County, 1982, p. 27). 

     Lincolnite Stu Wyneken writes that "construction on the Lincoln Theater started Feb. 12, 1922 [Lincoln's birthday] and the Theater opened Feb. 13, 1923, with the first film being John Quincy Adams Sawyer [with Lon Chaney and Louise Fazenda]."  The Courier notes that "the late Judge L.B. Stringer made the dedicatory address, dedicating the show house to the memory of Abraham Lincoln.  In his remarks of welcome to the first nighter crowd, Mr. Bennis pointed out that the theatre had been built so that it would be modern for 20 years in the future" (Lincoln Evening Courier, section 6, Wednesday, August 26, 1953, p. 12).  According to the Courier, the Lincoln Theater was the first theater in the nation for a city of Lincoln's size to feature movies with sound.

     The pride of the theatre was the great organ, played by John LaMothe and Joseph Bennis.  Every week, patrons at the Lincoln were given the chance to play SCREENO and possibly win $50 to $500 in cash; that promotion continued into the fifties" ("What Did We Do for Fun:  Saturday Night in Logan County," Our Times. vol. 1, no. 2, winter, 1996, pp. 1-2).

     Nancy Lawrence Gehlbach notes the curious fact that even well into the era of sound movies, some of the movie theaters featured live acts:  "On Friday, January 3rd of 1936, the stage show Lightnin', played at the Grand with 40 people in the cast and orchestra. . . . The Lincoln Theatre celebrated its 13th anniversary in 1936 with a stage show featuring Uncle Ezra and his Hoosier Hot-Shots from WLS and the National Barn Dance."

     The reference to Uncle Ezra and the Hoosier Hot-Shots from WLS led me to try to find information about them in the WLS Family Albums left to me by my Grandmother Ruth Henson.  (As a kid, I often visited Grandmother Ruth and Great Grandmother Parlee on Fifth Street, Business Route 66, when they listened to the WLS Barndance on Saturday nights.)  I did find separate pictures of Uncle Ezra and the Hot-Shots in the 1936 edition of the Family Album.  The 1938 Family Album, however, contains a photo of both Uncle Ezra and the band, so I chose that photo to include below (note the washboard).


18.7:  WLS's Uncle Ezra and the Hot-Shots as They Would Have Appeared at the Lincoln Theater, 1936

     Photo from the WLS Family Album, 1938, p. 45.

18.8:  Mr. Paul Million &
Contestants in Saturday Festivities in the 1950s

     Photos from the collection of Mr. Paul Million, given to Fred Blanford in 2001.

     In the 1950s, Saturday Westerns and other adventure flicks attracted a generation of young viewers.  The Roy Rogers' Riders Club was a promotional activity to fill the Lincoln Theatre. Use the following link to view several photos of members of this non-exclusive club: http://lincolnhigh1960.tripod.com/rrrc.html.

18.9: A Special Feature at the
Lincoln Theater for the 1953 Centennial

      Ad for Lincoln Theater in the Lincoln Evening Courier, August 26, 1953

18.10:  Logan County Arts Association Feature Film for August, 2002

(photo by Stu Wyneken)

Rare Photos of the Lincoln Theater Provided by Mr. Stu Wyneken

     In a letter to me dated August 1, 2002, Stu offers some useful background on the photos below so I quote from his letter.  As he indicates, the Lincoln Theater was well designed and equipped for live productions as well as movies.

     "The black-and-white backstage photos were taken when the theater was twinned in 1985.  The stage equipment in the photos is gone now, taken out when house 3 and 4 were added in the mid 1990s.  The dressing rooms under the stage still exist, as does the original projection booth. As you can see, the backstage area was quite deep and capable of holding and flying a lot of scenery.  The stage also included three sets of colored strip lights, about 40 feet long, footlights across the front of the stage.  Probably not many people knew all that was behind the movie screen.

     The large dome in the auditorium and the intricate scrollwork still survive, yet hidden by the drop ceilings in house 1 and 2.  The orchestra pit, where house 3 is now, was accessed from under the stage."

18.11:  Lincoln Theater Entrance and
Marquee in July, 2002


18.12:  Ticket Booth and Lincoln Cinemas Manager Richard Casad

     The front of the marquee identifies Top Hat as the July feature presentation sponsored by the Logan County Arts Association in cooperation with GKC Cinemas.

18.13:  Lobby

18.14:  Original Scroll Work

     The original scroll work seen in photo 18.14 is elaborate and elegant.  It still decorates the curved hallway leading to the main auditorium.

18.15:  Scenery of the Live Stage Production of Annie Get Your Gun,
Produced by the Logan County Arts Association in 1980


     Photo 18.15 also shows the 16-foot high tapestries that adorned the interior.  They still survive and are safe in storage.  Stu took this photo when he was the technical director for this production.

18.16:  Projection Booth for
House 1 and 2


18.17:  Projection Equipment for
House 2

     The projection booth shown in photo 18.16 formerly was the women's bathroom.  Photo 18.17 shows the projection equipment for house 2.  "Movies are placed on the platters to the right and fed to the projector.  No need for a projectionist to stay with the films anymore.  The original projector booth is still there.  It sits above the booths for house 1 and 2" (Stu).

18.18:  Dressing Room Below Stage

18.19:  Back Stage Light Board

     More than one dressing room was located below the stage, and they are still there.  Photo 18.19 shows original light board and door that accessed the roof over the stage.  House 4 is presently in this location.

18.20:  Close-up of Light Board

18.21:  Huge Stage Light Dimmers

     The light board controlled the stage lighting.

18.22:  Counterweights
Used to Lift Scenery

18.23: Counterweights Fly System

     When properly rigged, the counterweight system enabled a single worker to raise a 5,000-pound set.


The Vogue

     I find little information about the Vogue Theater.  Sanford Patterson writes that "Lincoln's first drive-in theater was built by the owners of the Vogue (the old Star) at the east end of Broadway on March 22, 1953" (Beaver, History of Logan County, 1982, p. 28).  The Vogue apparently was later acquired by Bennis Enterprises.

Vogue Marquee on "the Day Lincoln Was Attacked"

18.24:  City Hall Tower, Mark Holland, and Vogue Theater Marquee on March 23, 1943

(Photo in Gleason, Lincoln:  A Pictorial History, p. 103)

    Mr. Gleason reports that on this day Mark Holland buzzed Lincoln, Illinois, with a C-47 Dakota, no. 73.,  in order to impress his girlfriend, Marcella, who later married him.  The plane apparently flew "so low the exhaust of the plane blew papers off some of the desks in the Logan County Courthouse" (p. 103). 

     Lincolnite Stan Stringer tells the story of how his father came to photograph this event.  Mark Holland, who had had worked for Stan's photographer father, Charles M. Stringer, telegrammed Charles the night before.  "Dad agreed he'd have his Speed Grafix loaded and snap the pictures." 

     Stan writes that "at the time, I was in the fourth grade at Monroe Elementary School.  My teacher was Miss Hazel Holland, and our classroom was on the second floor.  Miss Holland was a cousin of Mark's.  Needless to say, when Mark made his first run the class was out of hand.  We ran to the windows for a grand view of the action.  After Mark finished his runs and the class had quieted down, Miss Holland asked if anyone knew who was flying that airplane.  While I had to fake it, we all had blank faces.  I'm not sure if she suspected it was Mark, but nothing more was said" (lincolndailyness.com address below in Sources Cited).

     Respond to Stan at sstringer@cox.net.

     The Vogue marquee indicates the film of the day was The Meanest Man in Town starring Jack Benny.  On that day it was Mark Holland who upstaged Mr. Benny as the most entertaining man in town.

Vogue Theater Showing The Blue Gardenia in 1953 During the Centennial Celebration

18.25:  Vogue Theater Marquee in Background

(Photo from Paul Gleason, Lincoln:  A Pictorial History, p. 165)

     In the Route 66 era, parades on various occasions were special sources of entertainment.  The above photo shows the marching band of Lincoln Community High School in the 1953 centennial parade.  Esteemed director Bill Smock accompanies his charges at the left.  Temperature was in the upper 90s.

Bennis Auto-Vue

18.26:  Bennis Auto-Vue Ad in the
Lincoln Evening Courier
, July 25, 1953, p. 6.

Lincoln Drive-in

     If the post-modern world has contradictions, Lincoln was post-modern before post-modern was cool.

A Late Show

18.27:  Lincoln Drive-In Theatre Ad in
Lincoln Evening Courier, July 25, 1953, p. 6

An Early Show

18.28:  Ad in Lincoln Evening Courier,
April 2, 1953, p. 10

Lincoln Community Chorus Mid-20th Century Musicals

18.29:  A Line-Up of Local Talent

(Photo taken by Larry Shroyer and provided by Fred Blanford)

     Fred Blanford writes, "Did someone say Mikado? [The above photo is] Another L(arry) B. S(hroyer) scan. It is a part of the cast along with the director. My thoughts--Wilbur Layman second from left looking down at score, first female on the left I strongly suspect to be Ann Doolen, the male in the front row with glasses--Spencer Littleton?, young guy behind him looking at his neck--Bruce Davis?, the female with the big smile and ponytail--Virginia Dunkelberg and to the right from Virginia, Shirley Wilenzsky. Virginia & Shirley were two of the trio Yum-Yum, Peep-Bo and Pitti-Sing--if memory serves.

     Three possibilities for director are Bill Tagg, Jack Acton, or Don Dunkelberg.

     Memory says Mrs. Acton and Virginia Dunkelberg each taught music in the grade schools in my early years. Virginia was my first piano teacher. Unfortunately, after a year or so of effort--she suggested I move on up Fourth Street (she lived a couple of doors from Russell's Grocery) a couple of blocks to a piano instructor with more patience--the nuns at St. Pats. Sister Mary Lucillia (sp?) had no more success.

     On this pic--Virginia and Shirley I know and think Wilbur is correct. The rest are guesses.

     Then as now, they allowed HS students to participate. My older sis was in some of the productions. (Dr.) Gene Blaum participated also--A while back I gave him a playbill from "Of Thee I Sing" which had Saunders Devine in the lead roll--and Gene "as a child star." Productions included HMS Pinafore, Die Fledermaus (sp?), maybe Trial By Jury. Although there were other productions--memory fails at this point.

     Yes, Tom Walsh did participate. I think Darrell Klink was also a participant at that time.

    I solicit any additions, corrections, modifications or extensions as y'all see fit. The pleasant memories of these productions is the reason that I had scanned the pic previously. Hope some of you have similar
memories." fred

18.30:  1952 Community Chorus Production of Carmen

     Photo from Lindstrom and Carruthers, Lincoln:  the Namesake College, pp. 166-67.  Caption reads, "Community Chorus in 1952, under direction of Bill Tagg, presented the opera "Carmen," with Judy Alvarado dancing a colorful role. 

     This source cites two other 1952 productions:  One was G.B. Shaw's Arms and the Man, with Jean Goodrich and Don Dunkelberg.  "Another fine play in 1952 by Harold Aleshire was The Late Christopher Bean, which featured Dick Fairbairn, Bud Gluckman, Boyd Roche, Lee Jenkins, Don Meredith, Betty Lou Kelly, Eileen Huffman, Greg Soliz, and Martha Tibbs."

From High Brow to Middle Brow

18.31:  Hickey's Pool Hall:  Second Home to Many Lincolnites

(Photo provided by D.D. Welch, captions by Norm Schroeder)

Sources Cited

     Beaver, Paul J. History of Logan County Illinois, 1982.  The Logan County Heritage Foundation. Dallas, TX:  Taylor Publishing Company, 1982.

     Gehlbach, Nancy Lawrence. "What Did We Do for Fun?  Saturday Night in Logan County."  Our    Times.  vol. 1, no.2. winter, 1996.  Same Redding, Publisher. Prairie Years Press. 121 N. Kickapoo St., Lincoln, IL 62656

     Gleason, Paul E. Lincoln, Illinois:  A Pictorial History. St. Louis, MO:  G. Bradley Publishing, 1998. Material from Mr. Gleason's books is copyrighted with all rights reserved.  Mr. Gleason's material  used in this Web site is with permission from the G. Bradley Publishing Company, 461 Des Peres Road, St. Louis, MO 63131. Call 1-800-966-5120 to inquire about purchasing Lincoln, Illinois:  A Pictorial History (1998) (200 pages of rare photos and text) or Logan County Pictorial History (2000) (also 200 pages of rare photos and text).  Visit     htttp://gbradleypublishing.com/.

     Henson, Leigh.  Mr. Paul Million and the Lincoln Theatre Roy Rogers' Riders Club. http://www.geocities.com/findinglincolnillinois/lchsclassof1960/rrrc.html.

     Lincoln Community Theater Web site: http://www.geocities.com/lincolncommunitytheatre/

     Lincoln, Illinois, centennial edition of the Lincoln Evening Courier, section 7, August 26, 1953.

     Lindstrom, Andrew, and Olive Carruthers.  Lincoln:  The Namesake College (the Centennial History of Lincoln College, 1865-1965. Lincoln, Illinois, no publisher, 1965.

     Logan County Arts Association Web site:  http://www.lincolndailynews.com/artsassociation/

     Logan County centennial edition of the Lincoln Evening Courier, Wednesday, October 18, 1939.

     WLS Family Album, 1944.  Chicago, IL:  The Prairie Farmer, 1944.

     Stringer, Stan. "Stan Stringer Tells the Story of Mark Holland's Buzzing of Lincoln."

          Email comments, corrections, questions, or suggestions. 
Also please email me if this Web site helps you decide to visit Lincoln, Illinois: DLHenson@missouristate.edu.

"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.