United States Landmarks: Springfield, Illinois


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Springfield, Illinois



Springfield was founded in 1819. It became capital of Illinois in 1837. Most of Springfield’s historical attractions involve 16th president, and national hero, Abraham Lincoln. Besides Lincoln’s home, the city features the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices State Historic Site, the building in which Lincoln, and his partner, William H. Herndon practiced law. It also features the new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The museum contains the “Everett” copy of the Gettysburg Address, one of only five known copies. Springfield is also the site of Abraham’ Lincoln’s tomb. He is buried in a mausoleum in Oak Ridge Cemetery.


Related Links to Springfield


Abraham Lincoln in Depth

This is one of the web’s most comprehensive exhibits on our 16th president for kids. This section also contains numerous printable or interactive activities.


Abraham Lincoln Historical Places

This interactive map describes the many locations in which Abraham Lincoln lived, traveled, or performed work.


The Thing About Springfield

This page reinforces U.S. state identification by providing students with a list of the 32 Springfields in America and asking them to color in each of their states.



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