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Just 20 miles outside of Springfield, Illinois is the tiny old town of New Salem where Abraham Lincoln lived from 1830-1837.  He floated in on a boat down the river and was offered a job in a store there. It is here he first ran for political office and failed, but he kept at it. He worked as a postmaster, surveyor and enlisted in the militia for the Black Hawk Indian War, which was required. He was voted by his men to lead them overwhelmingly.  

These log cabins (30+ of them) were original to the site and are now a State Historical site.  Earlier, the citizens of New Salem decided to move the town and all the cabins and buildings were relocated to another town.  Recently, the entire town was moved back to its original site by the State on the original foundations. 

For more history see: New Salem