Monday, October 26, 2015

Abraham Lincoln slept here....No, really!

Just north of Ohio is a marker for the site of Dad Joe Smith's tavern. Built in the early 1800's first as a residence then as a way stop for travelers along the old Galena Trail. It was THE place to be for gossip, protection, and really good food. One of it's many claims to fame is when a relatively unknown Abraham Lincoln stayed there in 1832.

Today all that remains is a concrete and rock marker covering the old well that served the inn. There's a boulder next to it that commemorates Lincoln's stay on May the 12th.  If you're ever up that way stop for a moment and if you close your eyes and listen real hard you just may hear the sound of laughter and the clip clop of horses hooves along the road.

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