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?
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.
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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