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“Another Lincoln/Obama Attraction”

Old State Capitol State Historic Site
Ranked #6 of 57 things to do in Springfield
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Springfield, Illinois
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63 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Another Lincoln/Obama Attraction”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

This refurbished building is at the center of "Lincoln's Springfield". Illinois's second Capitol building, it was the scene of Lincoln's "House Divided" speech and the site chosen by Obama for his announcement for candidacy for president as well as introduction of running mate Joe Biden. The interior has been painstaking restored after a total reconstruction in the middle of last century. If you're visiting the Lincoln sites, do not miss this one...and the staff of volunteers are very knowledgable.

Visited June 2012
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Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
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“Authenic”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Very interesting to see. Site of Omama's announcement for p resident. We choose to self tour as our meter was running out. Looks like the gov't had just moved out.

Visited January 2013
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Colorado
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55 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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“Walking into history.”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

This old building is remarkable for all the things that took place here and near here. (Abe Lincolns law office is across the street). Authentic pictures dating to 1860's to statues of key figures in Illinois history. The architecture of this place is amazing. The volenteers that talk/show the capitol love thier job and make it interesting to hear what went on and in the fashion of the 1880's.

Its FREE, so spend an hour and get a nice little education that may surpise you.

Visited December 2012
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Orlando, Florida
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“good to see with the current state capitol”
Reviewed December 15, 2012

There wasn't a lot to see or experience in the Old State Capitol, but it's a great piece of history, especially paired with the current Capitol Building.

Visited December 2012
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Orlando, Florida
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“Old State Capitol”
Reviewed November 25, 2012

Worth the free admission....and the speaker was interesting and knowledgeable. It was fun to walk around and see the rooms.

Visited November 2012
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