Mahomet/Champaign County


Settled in 1832 and once known as Middletown due to its location midway between several county seats of the 8th Judicial Circuit, Mahomet was home to a number of inns and taverns to accommodate weary travelers, including Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln often visited Mahomet and Champaign County as he rode the Circuit from 1841 – 1859. His clientèle included some of the community’s wealthiest and most influential citizens. He was also the attorney for the Illinois Central Railroad in Champaign County, the state’s largest corporation at the time. Throughout the year, Lincoln would travel through the area working on a variety of civil and criminal cases.

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