From: Peoria Journal Star (Peoria, IL)
“There were no bridges back then [when Abraham Lincoln worked as a lawyer in Illinois] at all,” says landscape photographer Robert Shaw, whose book, “Abraham Lincoln Traveled This Way,” was released just before Feb. 12, the 203rd anniversary of Lincoln’s birth.
Subtitled “The America Lincoln Knew,” the book is a photographic reverie of the country’s landscape and architecture as Lincoln would have experienced it, including swimming a horse through the Mackinaw River on his way to Tremont, one of Lincoln’s stops on his rounds as a young attorney in central Illinois’ Eighth Judicial Circuit.
There are the courthouses where Lincoln argued, the inns and houses where he stayed, all well-known aspects of Lincoln lore. But attempting to capture images of 1840s and 1850s Illinois evokes what is gone as well as what remains. Shaw photographed Old Main on Galesburg’s Knox College campus in the fall, as Lincoln would have seen it when he debated Stephen Douglas. It is the only remaining structure of the seven Lincoln-Douglas debate sites… Read more…