On August 21, 1858, the first of seven debates between Abraham Lincoln and United States Senator Stephen A. Douglas took place in this park.
|site of the first Lincoln and Douglas debate|
Approximately 10,000 people gathered to hear the two candidates discuss the question of slavery in America. Lincoln lost the election for a seat in the United States Senate.
Two years later, however, Lincoln and Douglas were rivals again in the presidential race. Lincoln won a majority in the electoral college with a minority of the popular vote and became our 16th President.
|Lincoln-Douglas Debate Memorial Plaza|
|close-up of the statues|
Civil War Soldiers Monument
|a tired boy|