Monuments of Illinois

Monuments of Illinois
A monument is some kind of object or place that commemorates a historical event or important person. Illinois has many monuments dedicated to the state's history. Many monuments in Illinois can be found in Chicago, the state's largest city, as well as in the state capital, Springfield. Many of the smaller towns in Illinois have monuments, too.

Abraham Lincoln Tomb and Home

Abraham Lincoln's former home and permanent resting place can be found in Springfield, Illinois. His tomb is in the most historic cemetery in Illinois, Oak Ridge Cemetery. Lincoln's wife and sons rest there as well, with the exception of Robert Todd, who is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The memorial tomb was built in 1865, and notably features a 117-foot obelisk. A smaller sculpture version of the famous Lincoln Memorial that is in Washington, D.C. is inside the rotunda of Lincoln's Tomb. The home that Lincoln lived in before becoming the 16th president of the United States is preserved not far away from the tomb. The home is a National Historic Site, and is free and open to visitors.

Lincoln's Tomb
1500 Monument Ave.
Springfield, IL 62702
(217) 782-2717

Lincoln Home NHS
413 South Eighth St.
Springfield, Illinois 62701
(217) 492-4241

Fountain of Time

What may be the most famous monument in Chicago, the Fountain of Time is a long sculpture in Washington Park. Commemorating 100 years of peaceful relations between Great Britain and America after they signed the Treaty of Ghent, it attracts history buffs and tourists from across the nation. Built in 1920, the Fountain of Time features 100 characters passing before "Father Time." The monument is more than 125 feet long. Artist Lorado Taft designed Fountain of Time. It went through an extensive restoration process in 2005.

Fountain of Time
5900 South Cottage Grove Ave.
Chicago, IL 60615
(312) 747-6823

Starved Rock

Starved Rock is just two hours from Chicago, in the small town of Utica, Illinois. Visitors come to hike the long trails at this state park, marveling at the impressive waterfalls and cliffs seen along the way. The park was named a national monument because of its colonial history. In 1682, Starved Rock was the site of Fort St. Louis. There is a specific cliff in the parked named "Starved Rock," which is flat-topped and overlooking the great Illinois River.

Starved Rock State Park
Starved Rock S P Road
P.O. Box 509
Utica, IL 61373

Article Written By Ron Augustine

Ron Augustine is a rookie freelance writer and producer who has worked primarily in radio and print media for Chicago Public Radio's Sound Opinions, Relevant Magazine, WMBI Chicago and the Burnside Writers Collective. He graduated Moody College in 2007 with a degree in Communications.

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