Illinois may be known as the “Land of Lincoln,” but Abraham Lincoln spent the formative years from the age of 7 until he turned 21 in southwestern Indiana, living with his family on a farmstead in the rolling hills of this beautiful rural area. The Lincoln family moved from Kentucky, crossing the Ohio River and settling in an area known as Little Pigeon Creek in December 1816. Now known as Lincoln City, the town is just one of several stops on a back roads tour that takes wanderers through many historic sites, representing important moments in the life of a great man. Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, is buried here, and the cabin where his cousin lived and Lincoln spent the night still stands. Those who want to retrace Lincoln’s life in southern Indiana can do so easily by following the narrow roads that traverse the 20-mile area where he lived and traveled during those 14 years when he called Indiana home. The people of the region still claim Lincoln as one of their own.
Author Bio: Mike Capps, chief of interpretation and resource management at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, has been with the park service for almost a quarter of a century. He lives and works in the area that Abraham Lincoln called home for 14 years and often speaks about Lincoln in southern Indiana. Jane Ammeson is a writer who specializes in travel, personality, and food. She has written several other Arcadia books about southern Indiana, including Holiday World, Madison, and Jasper and Huntingburg.
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