Built in 1837, The second Adams County Courthouse was an imposing Grecian-columned structure, located on Fifth Street directly across from the public square, site of the sixth Lincoln-Douglas Debate. One of the offices on the ground floor was used by Stephen A. Douglas during the 1840's. The wide steps leading up to the courthouse were a common gathering point, especially during the Civil War. The courthouse partially burned in January 1875, leading to the building of a new courthouse on Jefferson Square.
Lincoln arrived in Quincy the morning of the debate on the Burlington train from Macomb. A cheering crown and a cannon salute greeted Lincoln upon his arrival at the Spring Street depot. Lincoln hoped to walk to the home of Orville and Eliza Browning, but he rode in a parade led by a model ship on wheels, drawn by four horses, and labeled "CONSTITUTION." Filled with sailors, the helm was managed by a live raccoon. Later, John Tillson, candidate for state senator, presented Lincoln with flowers from the Republican ladies. Lincoln had dinner with friends before walking to the debate. Lincoln spent that night in the Browning home at Seventh and Hampshire, where he shook hands with throngs of well wishers from the front steps. The following day both Lincoln and Douglas boarded the imposing steamboat, City of Louisiana, for the seventh and final debate at Alton on October 15th.
|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 1:55am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15S E 635970 N 4421488|
|Decimal Degrees||39.93260000, -91.40868333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 55.956', W 91° 24.521'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 55' 57.36" N, 91° 24' 31.26" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 101-199 N 5th St, Quincy IL 62301, US|
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