Historical Markers - Rock Co., WI

Route of Abraham Lincoln, 1832 and 1859

Located on Hwy. 51, 3.8 miles south of Janesville

    Twice in his lifetime is known to have travelled within sight of the Rock
    River east of this marker.
    Lincoln passed this way July 2, 1832, as a private in a mounted company of
    Illinois militia accompanying forces under General Henry Atkinson during the Black Hawk War.
    On October 1, 1859, Lincoln again passed this way after delivering a
    political address in Hanchett's Hall at the invitation of the Beloit Republican Club. He spoke the same evening in Janesville and spent the weekend as a guest in the home of William M. Tallman.
    While following the Prairie Road between Beloit and Janesville in 1859
    Lincoln pointed out to his companions the route taken by the army in pursuit of Black Hawk's band.
    Erected 1960


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