Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member NoLemon
N 37° 27.415 W 089° 15.580
16S E 300139 N 4147959
Quick Description: This old Illinois Historical marker, commemorating the founding of Union County and the towns of Jonesboro and Anna, has seen better days.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 9/5/2006 2:54:36 PM
Waymark Code: WMPN1
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Corp Of Discovery
Views: 36

Long Description:


Union County was created on January 2, 1818, by an act of the Territory of Illinois. Two months later, on March 2, 1818, the County Commissioners' Court established Jonesboro on land donated by John and Juliet Grammar to serve as county seat. In the 1850's it was decided that the Illinois Central would run through this area. To insure that the railroad would go through the town, Jonesboro was to have a survey made for the railroad. It is said that when the town failed to meet this request, Winstead Davie of Jonesboro submitted a survey routing the railroad through his property east of Jonesboro. A town was established by the railroad and Davie named it Anna in honor of his wife on March 3, 1854. Jonesboro was the site of the third of the seven Lincoln-Douglas Debates on September 15, 1858. Lincoln received a quiet welcome upon his arrival and spent the night before the debate as a guest of D.L. Phillips of Anna. The otherwise uneventful evening was enlivened by the appearance of Donati's Comet. Douglas's arrival was better received than Lincoln's, however, the debate was attended by less than 1500 unenthusiastic people -- the smallest crowd of the series -- and neither man gained ground. Anna served as one of the nine rendezvous points in Illinois for troops during the Civil War and eight regiments were assembled here. In 1869 the legislature determined to locate the Southern Illinois Hospital for the Insane at Anna. It is now Anna State Hospital.

County: Union

Dedication Date: 1966

Location: Rest area on the south side of Illinois 146, three miles west of Jonesboro. At intersection of Illinois 146 and US 51, at east edge of Anna.

Website: Not listed

Historical Society: Not listed

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