Looking For Lincoln Self-Guided Tour

Stickle Half-Way House Lincoln #3

Through the Looking For Lincoln offices in Springfield, IL and the U.S. National Parks Service, Macomb celebrates it’s designation as an Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area by way of it’s Looking For Lincoln Self-Guided Tour. This unique attraction allows users to experience 11 significant sites throughout Macomb and McDonough County directly related and pertaining to Abraham Lincoln…

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McDonough County’s Largest Mural

Old Dairy Mural

At nearly 15 feet high and stretching over 60 feet long, McDonough County’s Largest Mural stands in a whimsy of colorful display on the north side of The Old Dairy  just off Macomb’s Historic Courthouse Square. Working in conjunction with the Macomb Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Old Dairy and the Macomb office of…

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Living Lincoln Topiary Monument

Abe with Macomb's Living Lincoln Topiary Monument

The Living Lincoln Topiary Monument is a 15 feet high and 8 feet wide bust of our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. It’s mixed media construction of durable cast stone and steel features a unique topiary aspect in which the 16th president’s beard consist of real living flowering plants and greenery, making it the only sculpture of…

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McDonough County Historical Society

Since 1969, the McDonough County Historical Society, a not-for-profit organization, has been an important force for promoting historical understanding and preserving materials that reflect the county’s heritage. Their mission supports the preservation of McDonough County, Illinois heritage. The organization also offers free historical programs at their meetings five times a year (September, November, January, March and May),…

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U.S. Presidential Visits to Macomb & McDonough County

Macomb has been visited by several US Presidents over the years. Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt and Richard Nixon have all made short addresses in Macomb and McDonough County. Additionally, on two separate occasions, both Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama addressed large audiences prior to their elections as…

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“Kelly” Wagle – The Bootlegger

During Prohibition of the 1920s and ’30s, Chicago was the headquarters for the illicit bootlegger activity of mob boss Al Capone and his syndicate. Capone held a tight rein on any buying, selling or transporting of alcohol in a territory that reached south of Peoria and further. “Kelly” Wagle of Colchester, known as the most…

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