In 1853, the town of Xenia was founded. After applying for a post office, and findng out there was another town in Illinois by that name, they chose to change it to Atlanta (after Atlanta, GA). The town became fully incorporated in 1855.
Atlanta is an official destination on the Looking for Lincoln Story Trail. It was a frequent stop for Abraham Lincoln when we was traveling as a lawyer on the 8th Judicial Circuit, in the mid 19th Century. A stop at the Atlanta Museum and the Looking for Lincoln historical marker, in downtown Atlanta, give windows into his connections and visits to the town.
In 1926, the original Route 66 aligned right through Downtown Atlanta. So, your Route 66 journey will not be complete without stopping at the quaint, Historic Downtown Atlanta. Get a selfie with the 19 foot Paul Bunyon Statue, learn some Route 66 history at that Route 66 Memories Museum, relax in the Route 66 Park, or just experience some vintage arcade games at the Route 66 Arcade Museum.
Some other history in Downtown Atlanta is seen at the Atlanta Public Library and Clocktower. Built in 1908, this octagonal-shaped building is on the National Register of Historic Places. Or take a self guided tour at Illinois' only fully restored wooded grain elevator and carriage house at the J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum and Hieronymus Carriage House.
For more information, stop by the Atlanta Visitor Center, the town's Smiley Water Tower and we are waiting to welcome you!
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