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The Lincoln-Douglas Debate…Stepping into History


I have so enjoyed learning all about Abraham Lincoln this past summer…his life was seriously fascinating. Some of my adventures I have planned out, and some have just happened to me. The Debate area was one of those “Hey I didn’t know this was here” kinds of things, and embarassingly enough, I SHOULD have known that. Pretty sure I was taught it back in second grade, but hey, my mind isn’t what it used to be. Is anyones? rsz_img_0022rsz_img_0024rsz_img_0025

Located in the town of Alton, IL, lies the spot of the infamous and final Lincoln-Douglas Debate, at the Alton City Hall on October 15th, 1858. What did they debate? Douglas wanted slavery, Lincoln did not. Why it was such a big deal was because this little unknown laywer from the country was going up against Stephen Douglas, who had held the Senate seat for over a decade. Douglas would win the Senate seat, but Lincoln would go on to win the Presidency in 1860.  rsz_img_0033

Unfortunately the building that housed the Courthouse burned down, so the spot that remains is marked by the statues of the famous political men. They built a beautiful, brick lined Park with signage, which has a view of the Mississippi River and the town of Alton. I was there on a Friday, August 21, 2020 and there was noone around, so I felt safe to enjoy it during these Covid times. So stop on by and check it out, a great moment of history to stand upon yourself! For more of my Abraham Lincoln Road Trip, click HERE!


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