The Beardstown & Sangamo Canal project

  • Looking to the Past
    Looking to the Past
    In early 1832, a young Abraham Lincoln opted to seek election to the Illinois legislature. Lacking the backing of prominent politicians and civic leaders, Lincoln needed an issue that would capture the favorable attention of voters.     Also at this time railroad fever was sweeping across the Prairie State. Numerous legislators, promoters and businessmen began pushing the idea of building a…

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