Illinois Genealogy Trails History Group

Hawthorne School, Mattoon

High School in Mattoon


"Modern" School building c. 1909

Post Office in Charleston


West Monroe Street in Charleston

Public Library in Charleston


Hotel U.S.Grant in Mattoon

Charleston Courthouse

Charleston Courthouse


Seventh Street in Charleston

17th Street in Mattoon, looking south


Clover Leaf and Big 4 Railroad Depot

New Big Four Train Station in Mattoon c. 1922


Broadway Street in Mattoon

South Side Square - Oakland, IL
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The Waterworks

Lake Paradise Dam - 1908


The Christian Church in Coles

I.O.O.F. Old Folks Home in Mattoon - c. 1907


Oil Well in the Charleston Oil Field

Paradise Lake


This is the cabin that Abe Lincoln helped his father to build in 1831 in Coles County. The cabin was later taken to Chicago during the World's Fair.
"Saturday, the old log cabin in Pleasant Grove Township, which Thomas Lincoln, the father of the martyred president, spent the latter years of his life, was sold to a Chicago firm for $1000. The sale was negotiated to John Hall, the present owner of the land, by J. W. Craig of Mattoon. The cabin was built by Thomas Lincoln himself, and is worth about one or 2 dollars for firewood, as it is about 50 years old and many of the logs are somewhat rotten. The building will be taken down, moved to Chicago and put up again as nearly in its present condition as possible. It will be used as one of the curiosities to be exhibited at the world's fair. Charleston Herald, June 3rd, 1891"



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