Choosing a President

Location of the Wigwam, a temporary structure, set up for the 1860 Illinois State Republican Convention.  It was here that Illinois Republican delegates chose Lincoln as their candidate for the Republican presidential nominee.  Less than a week later, at the National Republican Convention, Lincoln was nominated as the 1860 Republican presidential candidate.

Looking for Lincoln wayside exhibits tell the stories of Lincoln’s life and times in Illinois.  Each wayside exhibit tells a unique Lincoln story and a local story.  Many of the waysides share little known stories about Lincoln and the individuals he interacted with.  There are over 260 Looking for Lincoln waysides in the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.    

Visitor Information

Address: 231 East South Park St. Decatur, Illinois 62523