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Topic- Virtual Field Trip Through Coles County for Lincoln and Grant Sites

#10) Site of Capitol House Hotel (used by Lincoln for his Debate Headquarters)-- Exact point, but different structure

Plaque located in the Lincoln Building, site of the old Capitol House

Capitol House Hotel as it would have looked in 1858.  It was located at the corner of Monroe and 6th Streets (n.w. corner) of square where the current Linder Building sits.


Charleston in the 1860's.  It had grown dramatically with the establishment of the County Seat in the center (the cross shaped building)  Click Here for an enlarged map

Hotel Location: in the downstairs hallway of the Linder Building, N. E. Corner of the Charleston square.  On September 18, 1858, Abraham would come back to Charleston to speak at one of the seven debates with Democrat Steven Douglas.  He would use the Capitol House as his headquarters.  Both it and the Union House Hotels, on the Charleston square were full of debate spectators and curious.

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