Elkhart Visitor Welcome Center
103 Gov Oglesby Street
Explore Abraham Lincoln History Logan County Courthouse - Walk in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln's life leading up to his presidency, as a surveyor and traveling lawyer on the 8th Judicial Circuit.
Welcome to Logan County! We are an easy stop, centrally located, along your journey through Illinois.
40 minutes from Springfield/Bloomington/Decatur
50 minutes from Peoria
75 minutes from Champaign
2 ½ - 3 hours from Chicago
2 hours from St. Louis
Rich history also is rooted here; whether you are traveling on Route 66 or wanting to walk in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln before he was President. You can visit the County Seat in Lincoln. It is situated on Route 66 and is known for being the town that Abraham Lincoln christened with a Watermelon in 1853 as well as the first city named after Abraham Lincoln before his presidency. Then, a ride on Route 66 would not be complete without stopping in the quaint, historic Downtown Atlanta, or a scenic drive through the village of Elkhart/Elkhart Hill. Or come explore Mount Pulaski, home to the Mount Pulaski Courthouse. An original courthouse that was used on the 8th Judicial Circuit, where Abraham Lincoln traveled as a lawyer. These towns and more lie in the heart of Destination Logan County!
Explore Our Towns Video Tour Our Vistors Guide
Come visit the county seat and explore the Abraham Lincoln and Route 66 history that is rooted here.
Your journey on Route 66 won't be complete without a stop in the quaint, historic Downtown Atlanta.
Walk in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln by touring one of only two original courthouses from the Illinois Eighth Judicial Circuit.
See nature's beauty in every season and learn of its history as you travel through Elkhart and up Elkhart Hill.
When visitors think of Illinois they often think of only Chicago, but there is so much more! Traveling through Logan County, the pace begins to slow, and you begin to see fields of open, endless harvest. You will also come across an array of small farming towns and villages, like Emden or Hartsburg, with populations only in the hundreds. This area’s history is of prairie lands with beautiful flowers, trees, and plants growing endlessly. Some of the richest soil in the world is located here. However, it is not just the soil that is rich. This farming/agriculture environment has yielded a unique culture and breed of hard-working individuals that possess great kindness, strength, resiliency, and determination. All traits that have been passed down for centuries. You meet generations of families that take pride in their farms, and communities, that have become not just their homes but also their life’s blood and joy.