Mount Pulaski Courthouse


Courthouse Foundation Information & Application


built in 1847
Logan County Seat (Spring of 1848 - Fall of 1855)

Courthouse Tours


U.S. Senator Richard Durbin Visits Mount Pulaski

June 3, 2005

The courthouse is open:
 Tuesday - Saturday (
12 - 4 pm

Welcome to Mount Pulaski

Looking for Lincoln Heritage Signage [Mount Pulaski, etc.]

At the April 1847 election, citizens of Logan County voted to move the county seat from Camden (Postville) to Mount Pulaski.  In 1847, local citizens, craftsmen, and merchants donated materials, labor, and $2,700 to construct the building.  An addition $300 was supplemented by a county appropriation.  The building is an example of early Greek Revival Architecture.

The new courthouse of the Logan County Seat was ready for occupancy in the Spring of 1848, when the county records were loaded into wagons at Postville and moved to these new quarters.  

Mount Pulaski was  the Logan
County Seat from the Spring of 1848 to the Fall of 1855.  Abraham Lincoln practiced law in this courthouse before the 8th Judicial Circuit during the majority of the Spring and Fall sessions each year from 1849 to 1855.

In 1852, the Alton & Sangamon railroad extended its line from Springfield, through Logan County, to Bloomington.  A town site was laid out in 1853 on the extension right of way, one mile from old Postville.  Its proprietors named it Lincoln, in honor of their attorney, Abraham Lincoln.

New Mt. Pulaski Welcome Sign
Rt. 121 & McDonald St.

Mt. Pulaski Population (1880: 1,125); (1890: 1,357); (1900: 1,643); (1950: 1700);
(1980: 1800); (2010: 1650)



Mount  Pulaski  Courthouse

The Mount Pulaski Courthouse is an Illinois State Historic Site, located on a hill in the center of the town square.

The courthouse is open:
 Tuesday - Saturday (
12 - 4 pm


In February, 1853, these proprietors secured the passage of a legislative bill submitting to the voters of Logan County the proposition of again changing the county seat, this time from Mount Pulaski to the new railroad-town site of Lincoln.  However, due to subsequent litigations, the actual transfer of the county seat and its records did not take place until after the fall session of 1855.

During the following years, the courthouse served as city offices, school house, community center and post office.  Today, the Mount Pulaski Courthouse has been restored and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

The courtroom on the second floor has the original wooden floor upon which Abraham Lincoln once paced during his law practice, here.  Both the inside and outside of the courthouse has been restored to its 1847 appearance.

*note:  Mr. Lincoln was serving his 2-year term in the Federal House of Representatives, so didn't return to the circuit until the Spring of 1849.

"1854" Cast Iron Tombstone Trial

Abraham Lincoln Mural

Mural Construction Project

Mural Light Construction