From: Peoria Journal Star (Peoria, IL)
â€œThere were no bridges back then [when Abraham Lincoln worked as a lawyer in Illinois] at all,â€ says landscape photographer Robert Shaw, whose book, â€œAbraham Lincoln Traveled This Way,â€ was released just before Feb. 12, the 203rd anniversary of Lincolnâ€™s birth.
Subtitled â€œThe America Lincoln Knew,â€ the book is a photographic reverie of the countryâ€™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 Lincolnâ€™s stops on his rounds as a young attorney in central Illinoisâ€™ 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 Galesburgâ€™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…