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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

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Address: 5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701
Phone Number: 217-785-7960
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Painstakingly rebuilt after being disassembled in the 1960s, this Greek...
Painstakingly rebuilt after being disassembled in the 1960s, this Greek Revival masterpiece saw Lincoln serve as a lawyer and legislator. In 1858, Lincoln delivered his landmark "House Divided" speech in the Capitol's Representatives Hall.
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Cool old building

I don't do a lot of Lincoln stuff but the old capitol is pretty cool. I like it better than the new capitol. Take a tour I think you'll like it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I don't do a lot of Lincoln stuff but the old capitol is pretty cool. I like it better than the new capitol. Take a tour I think you'll like it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

This was a highlight for us. This is a well preserved building and an example of how important government thinks it is.

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MORENO VALLEY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Only saw this from the outside, but I'm told they do give tours at times. Nice busy area downtown with lots of pubs.

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Rolling Meadows, Illinois
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Touring this is free and on your own. There is not a lot to see, it is a fairly small Capitol (that's why they moved). Half hour can cover it pretty well.

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Peru, Illinois
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I had parked in the underground deck nearby to visit the Lincoln museum and ended up coming out by this building so I decided to go in. A tour had just started so the gentleman at the door let me join it. The woman doing the tour was very knowledgeable and it was more thorough then I expected. It was... More 

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Plainview, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The Old State Capitol is a must see if you are a history buff. It is free and they have guided tours or you can roam around on your own. They have excellent guides ~ Chuck is my personal favorite, but all are good at sharing the history in every room of the building.

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O'Fallon, Illinois
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

The old State Capitol is well worth a visit. It is loaded with history from the days of Abraham Lincoln. He made his famous House Divided speech here. His body was brought here from Washington DC before he was laid to rest. Your trip to Springfield is not complete unless you visit the old State Capitol.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I've walked by this building quite a few times, but never went in. It is a gem. Much more interesting then the Lincoln House. You see where Lincoln legislated and gave his "House Divided" speech. I did pot know that he ran his 1860 campaign from the old Governor's office which is also located here. Finally this is where folks... More 

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Galway, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Very good volunteers give guided tours. The Old State House is very well reconstructed and gives a good indication of how it was at the time of the Civil War.

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Saint Charles, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

There's not much to say about the Old State Capitol except that it hardly seems possible that Illinois' entire state government once fit within its confined walls! It's free, too, and well maintained, and makes it a worthwhile stop walking back from the Lincoln Library.

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