While riding the 8th Judicial Circuit as a young prairie lawyer, Abraham Lincoln frequently visited close friends in Atlanta. This lovely small town in the heart of central Illinois was one of the first in the state to establish a Wide Awake Group – well known for its avid support for Lincoln in his bid to become President of the United States. Twelve years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, local area colored citizens held a grand barbeque in Atlanta and folks from throughout the area joined in the celebration. Today, the Atlanta History Museum tells the many stories of Lincoln’s connections to this lovely little town. Each year travelers from around the world make Atlanta a stop on their cross-country U.S. Route 66 adventure and often include a visit to the famous Palm’s Grill Café and the History Museum.
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