Lin­coln also slept here

Los Angeles Times - - TRAVEL -

It’s in­cred­i­ble that the story “They’re All Play­ers in Lin­coln’s Story” [April 12], a col­lec­tion of places as­so­ci­ated with Abra­ham Lin­coln, man­aged to omit Lin­coln’s New Salem State His­toric Site in Illi­nois, 22 miles north­west of Spring­field and re-cre­ated on the site of the orig­i­nal New Salem, where Lin­coln lived from 1831 to 1837.

Dur­ing his time living in that fron­tier vil­lage, he was a gen­eral store owner, a sol­dier in the Black Hawk War, a post­mas­ter and a sur­veyor. It was there that he was first elected to the Illi­nois state as­sem­bly.

As a bach­e­lor who didn’t own a home, he boarded for a time with my great-great­great-grand­par­ents, Isaac and Su­san Burner. Even then he was highly re­garded by his fel­low vil­lagers.

Dur­ing the sum­mer of 2006 our fam­ily was de­lighted to at­tend the firstever Descen­dants Re­u­nion at New Salem. Be­fore that the eyes of my sons would too of­ten glaze over when I men­tioned fam­ily his­tory. They were so taken with their visit to the vil­lage and to the Burner cabin that they re­turned to visit a sec­ond day. PAMELA JAME­SON BOEHR

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