Lincoln Post Office, New Salem, Illinois

This image shows a simple log building that served as a store for the Herndon Brothers in 1831, and over time morphed into the New Salem, Illinois Post Office operated by Abraham Lincoln from 1833 to 1836.

Ektachrome by Brock

The description states:

FIRST BERRY-LINCOLN STORE-U.S. POST

OFFICE, NEW SALEM STATE PARK

LINCOLN’S NEW SALEM, ILLINOIS

James and Rowan Herndon, brothers, built this store building probably in the fall of 1831, and engaged in the mercantile business.

James Herndon, at that time a bachelor and boarding at the Rutledge Tavern, sold his interest to  William F. Berry early in the summer of 1832, and later in the same year Rowan sold his interest to Abraham Lincoln, taking Lincoln’s note in payment.

Abraham Lincoln served as Postmaster in New Salem from May 7, 1833 to May 30, 1836, when the office was discontinued. Post Office re-established Feb 12, 1940 as Lincoln’s New Salem, Illinois.

–This building is part of the larger reconstructed Lincoln’s New Salem historic park, and there are additional buildings besides the one shown here.

This postcard was used and is dated 14 April 1963.

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