I had a hair appointment in a neighboring town today, so I took my camera along. I snapped this photo at the entrance to Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site just outside of Petersburg, IL. The site is a reconstruction of the village where Abraham Lincoln spent his early adulthood. The six years Lincoln spent in New Salem, starting at the age of 21, formed a turning point in his career. Although he never owned a home here, Lincoln was engaged in a variety of activities while he was at New Salem. He clerked in a store, split rails, enlisted in the Black Hawk War, served as postmaster and deputy surveyor, failed in business, and was elected to the Illinois General Assembly in 1834 and 1836 after an unsuccessful try in 1832.
New Salem the town was founded in 1828 by two men who started a small grist mill near the Sangamon River. Unfortunately, the location just off the river was less than ideal and the town enjoyed a very short lifespan. Very few families stayed for more than a few years, and by 1840 the town was abandoned. During the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) reconstructed 22 of the old structures and moved one original back to the original town site.
Editing: removal of small sections of sidewalks & parking lots via clone stamp, The Pioneer Woman Boost action, curves adjustment