The Logan County Courthouse at Greenfield Village, Michigan?

The Logan County Courthouse, Greenfield Village

 You’d think the Logan County Courthouse would be in Illinois. In point of fact-it was. The building served as the courthouse and the county seat in the village of Postville, Illinois from 1839 to 1847. Abraham Lincoln, as a young lawyer- knew the building very well. He traveled to it twice a year- as it was located in the Eighth Judicial Circuit.

So how did the building wind up in Greenfield Village? Enter Mr. Henry Ford. He bought the structure and relocated it to Michigan. The year was 1929. So the man who also bought the chair that Lincoln was assassinated in at Ford’s Opera House-also managed to secure a second wonderful Lincoln item of interest-a whole building! Obviously, Ford was a fan of Mr. Lincoln. It also helped that he was wealthy beyond imagination (for that day). At any rate, I say, bravo Mr.Henry Ford! So my question is this: “What were the sellers of the building in Postville thinking???”

B. Nash at the Logan County Courthouse


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4 Responses to “The Logan County Courthouse at Greenfield Village, Michigan?”

  1. B. Nash says:

    I didn’t know that one!

  2. Evelyn Respress says:

    The court house was sold to Ford by the Judge T.T. Beach and his wife. Ford was suppose to restore the building and leave it in Postville, where Lincoln was a lawyer. Oh, well when you got money you can do anything, I suppose.

  3. B. Nash says:

    Hi Chris: I haven’t been to the city of Lincoln as yet. I will visit it the next time I’m in Springfield. Thanks for the information!

  4. Chris says:

    The people who live here always like to say that Ford stole it. 😉

    In any case, a replica of the courthouse stands in the spot today where it used to be in Postville, which has long since been annexed by the city of Lincoln – which also contains at least two statues of Lincoln, and Lincoln College, the first college named after Lincoln – while Lincoln was still alive in fact. There is also a beautiful early 20th century courthouse containing Lincoln murals on the square in the center of town.

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