is a town of 1,700
people, quietly nestled in the southeastern part of Logan
of the richest farmland in the world.
In 1836, Mount
Pulaski was founded by
George Turley and Dr. Barton Robinson. It was named after
soldier of fortune, who gave his life in our Revolutionary
Turley's father, James, had fought in the Revolutionary War
and knew of General Pulaski and his exploits.
Pulaski is home to one of two original courthouses, where Abraham Lincoln practiced law on the
Circuit [1849 - 1854].
of the mid-1800's covered
counties & approximately 450 miles.
In October of 1900, President William McKinley, former
President Grover Cleveland, Vice President
Roosevelt and John D. Rockefeller
were here for a large Republican Rally
of President McKinley. They stayed overnight at the Mt. Pulaski
House Hotel. 1200-1500 people attended the rally.
has played a large role in
our town from the
late 1800's onward. Over the years, there were many adult bands.
The high school bands brought back several state sweepstakes
trophies. The 1st lady of radio:
Vaughn DeLeath, was a Mount Pulaski
Some inventors, writers, artists, and publishers born, raised and
educated in Mt. Pulaski have made their mark in America -
(grand nephew of Mt. Pulaski tri-founder,
worked with Thomas A. Edison on the Edison "Talking Machine"
in 1901. He patented approximately 50 inventions,
mostly related to the manufacture of phonograph players and
phonograph recorders. Over the years, his four
principle jobs were with: Bell Telephone Company, Bell
Laboratories in Chicago, Thomas A. Edison Company and
Columbia Phonograph Company.
Cameron Beidler (grandson of Jabez Capps) of
Beidler-Viken Studio, Manhasset, Long Island,
NY., was an inventor of photography equipment and photography procedures in the
first half of the 20th Century. Both Frank L. Capps and Donald C. Beidler, at
their request, had their ashes interred in our Mount Pulaski Cemetery.
Ryman, Jr., was a personal friend & right-hand artist with Walt Disney,
working on Disneyland, Disneyworld, & who did the major screen styling for David
Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, Anna Karenina, Mutiny on the Bounty, etc.
John Mier, Mount Pulaski’s oldest citizen and the last
surviving Civil War Veteran in all of Logan County died. Funeral services and
full military rites were conducted on the courthouse grounds attended by over
1910, there was the famous Wright Brother's
- Train Race, which started in Chicago
& went through Mount
Pulaski to Springfield. The airplane stopped for refueling and
water four blocks south of our town's square
amidst a gala welcoming. The winner's purse was $10,000, a mighty sum in
Click here for eye-witness account
In 1936, our courthouse was established as an Illinois State Historical
Site. Now, visitors can see, feel, and wonder how it may have been
in the mid-1800's when Abraham Lincoln, David Davis, Stephen A. Douglas,
Thomas Herndon and others practiced law here.
In 1936, our basketball team finished
in the state finals - when there
were no divisions.
What a great way to celebrate our town's 100th year anniversary!
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