Official Springfield Illinois Visitors Guide - 2018 - 19
Old State Capitol
The first statehouse built here is a red-dome
topped Greek Revival-style building made of local
Sugar Creek limestone. This statehouse is a window to
the legal and political career of Abraham Lincoln, who
served in the state legislature there, tried cases before
the Supreme Court in the building, and gave his famous
"House Divided" speech in the Hall of Representatives.
Barack Obama used the Old State Capitol steps to
5 Lincoln Sites
announce his own campaign in 2007, securing its place
in the history of two United States presidents. The
Old State Capitol is located in the center of the city's
historic district and is open to the public for tours.
Visitors often enjoy walking from one capitol to the next,
through historic downtown Springfield. Find the right
spot, and you can snap a picture with both domes in
YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS!
Old State Capitol
Lincoln's New Salem
The Lincoln Tomb
More than 40,000 square feet of galleries,
theaters, and historic displays that combine
scholarship with showmanship - culminating in the
world's best collection of Lincoln lore and legend.
Go back nearly two centuries in time as you walk
the streets of reconstructed New Salem, the
village where Abraham Lincoln lived as a young
man. See where he split rails, clerked in a store
and served as postmaster, among other positions
that influenced him to eventually become the Great
Within these walls a great man rose to prominence
to become the 16th president of the United States.
It was here Lincoln spoke the immortal words "A
house divided against itself cannot stand..." - as
the threat of a Civil War loomed.
Within this breathtaking monument lie the remains
of Abraham Lincoln, his wife Mary, and three of
their four sons. At the entrance to the Tomb is a
bronze bust of Mr. Lincoln. Visitors from around
the world have stopped to rub the nose of the bust
for good luck.
National Historic Site
The Lincoln Home has been completely restored to
its 1860 appearance and reveals much about
Lincoln as a husband, father, neighbor and
politician. Tours of this national treasure are
conducted by National Park Service Rangers.
You cannot visit Springfield without exploring
at least one of the many Lincoln sites.
Here are five that should be on your list.
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