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Haskell Viaduct (Illinois State Fairgrounds)

The Haskell Viaduct was a pedestrian bridge that connected the Exposition Building to the Poultry Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds from 1897 until, probably, the mid-1920s. The Poultry Building (today’s Artisans Building) also was completed in 1897, but in … Continue reading

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Virginia Stuart Brown (Lincoln Home)

Virginia Stuart Brown, a descendant of Abraham Lincoln’s first law partner, was the last resident custodian of the Lincoln Home. See The Lincoln Home After the Lincolns.

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Albert Edwards family (Lincoln Home)

Albert S. Edwards, his wife Josephine and daughter Mary Edwards Brown were custodians of the Lincoln Home from 1897 to 1924. See The Lincoln Home After the Lincolns.

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Herman Hofferkamp (Lincoln Home)

Herman Hofferkamp, a Democratic politician, lived in the Lincoln Home from 1893 to 1897. See The Lincoln Home After the Lincolns.

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Gustav Wendlandt

Dr. Gustav Wendlandt, a German-born physician, lived in the Lincoln Home from 1879 to 1883. See The Lincoln Home After the Lincolns.

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Jacob Akard (Lincoln Home)

Jacob Akard, a butcher, brick mason and sewing machine salesman, rented the Lincoln Home from 1877 to 1879. He may have converted it to a boarding house. See The Lincoln Home After the Lincolns.

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George Harlow (Lincoln Home)

George Harlow, Illinois secretary of state from 1873 to 1881, and his family rented Abraham and Mary Lincoln’s former home from 1869 to 1877. See The Lincoln Home After the Lincolns.

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Julian Tilton (Lincoln Home)

Julian Tilton, president of the Great Western Railroad, rented Abraham and Mary Lincoln’s home when the Lincolns moved to Washington, D.C. See The Lincoln Home After the Lincolns.

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Osborn Oldroyd, Lincoln collector

Osborn H. Oldroyd displayed his extensive collection of Lincoln memorabilia in the Lincoln Home from 1883 to 1893. He and his family lived upstairs. See The Lincoln Home After the Lincolns.

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Lincoln Ordnance Depot (WWII)

Lincoln Ordnance Depot south of Springfield was one of four major military supply facilities in Sangamon County during World War II. See Army Air Force depot, Illinois State Fairgrounds.

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