There will probably never be another president like Abraham Lincoln.
The story of the nation’s 16th president embodies the American spirit. Born in a log cabin in Kentucky, he barely had any education, and throughout his life, he defied the naysayers. He established himself as a successful lawyer and amassed great wealth.
In 1860, he shocked the nation when he was elected president of a divided United States. But he proved there was likely no one else better suited for the job.
And more than a century and a half after he was gunned down by a Southern sympathizer at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., his legacy remains as relevant today as it was on the day he died.
“Lincoln is this ever-present figure,” said Sam Wheeler, historian at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum. “People from all over the world know who Abraham Lincoln is. He’s one of the most well-known figures in world history. He’s the most written about American, ever. Certainly, in central Illinois, you can’t go to a town and not see a Lincoln statue or a sign” relaying his connection to the area.
Because of this, many people think they known Lincoln, but how much do people really know? Less than they may think.
Here are 10 places in central Illinois to meet the Abraham Lincoln you never knew. While certainly not an exhaustive list, it’s a good start for anyone looking to better know “Honest Abe.”