While riding the 8th Judicial Circuit as a young prairie lawyer, Abraham Lincoln frequently visited the community of Pontiac. Lincoln represented a number of local citizens in legal actions, and made connections here that helped him to rise to prominence in state and national politics. One of the most interesting connections revolves around Lincoln's friendship with local attorney, Jason W. Strevell. Today, the Lincoln Story Trail tells the many stories of Lincoln’s connections to this lovely community. Each year, travelers from around the world make Pontiac a stop on their cross-country U.S. Route 66 adventure and visit many of the Route 66 attractions in the community.

Read more about Lincoln and his connections to Pontiac here.

For more information:

The Pontiac Museum Complex and Visitors Center
110 W. Howard Street
Pontiac, IL 61764



Nearby Sites

Riverbank Debate
221 Mill Street Pontiac, Illinois 61764

Route 66 Wayside Exhibit

East Side of Mill Street at Mill Street Bridge

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