Situated on the Kaskaskia River is the community of Vandalia, Illinois, a town proud of its place in history and excited about its future. Vandalia has proved that as the place where Abraham Lincoln began his political career, and the location of the terminus of the Cumberland Road, it is a town of global historical importance. Vandalia, Illinois contains many previously unpublished photographs, and not only highlights Vandalia's place in Illinois state politics, but also touches on those unique individuals, families, events, and businesses that helped shape it. Vandalia served as Illinois' capital from 1819-1839, when Springfield took over that honor. During the 20 years it served as the capital of Illinois, Vandalia became the starting point for many political and professional careers-most notably a young, beardless Abe Lincoln.
Author Bio: Jacksonville, Illinois native Brenda Baptist Protz received her bachelor's degree in communication and mass media, and her master's degree in interpersonal and organizational communication from the University of Illinois at Springfield. An award-winning journalist, she became interested in Vandalia's history while a newspaper features editor. Now affiliated with the local Main Street Program as well as the Fayette County Museum and Historical Vandalia Inc., she continues to promote Vandalia's rich history and assist in bringing historic downtown Vandalia back to its original splendor.
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