Roadtrip: 1825 Log Inn near Evansville
Guest Roadtripper and author and travel writer Jane Ammeson tells us that "When Abraham Lincoln supped at the Noon Day Stagecoach Stop and Trading Post on October 31, 1844, the stagecoach stop in Haubstadt, 12 miles north of Evansville, had already been serving travelers for almost two decades. Now called the Log Inn, the former stagecoach stop had opened in 1825, and has been in continuous operation as a restaurant since that time.
Now expanded many times over, the interiors' original hewn log walls and chinking still remain much as it was when Lincoln came to dine and where drivers changed horses on the 21-hour run (if the weather was good) between Evansville and Vincennes. It continues to serve family style meals.
Lincoln had returned to Southwest Indiana for the first time since leaving the state to move to Illinois a quarter-of-a-century before. He was back, campaigning for Henry Clay, a man he had long admired, who was again running for president. Lincoln gave speeches promoting Clay's candidacy in Bruceville, Vincennes, Washington, Boonville and other towns and cities in Southern Indiana. He spoke in front of the spoke in Rockport standing in front of the county and the next day he stopped at what is now the Log Inn, one of the main stagecoach stops on the road between Evansville and Vincennes, Indiana."
Hoosier History Live looks back
Click here to listen to the podcast from our show "Civil War generals in Indiana" recorded earlier this year with guest Dr. Carl Kramer.
There were nearly 120 Indiana Civil War generals! One of the generals, Solomon Meredith, was a Quaker who commanded the legendary Iron Brigade during the bloody Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. Another general, Jefferson Columbus Davis from Clark County in southern Indiana, murdered his commanding officer at a hotel in Louisville!
Yet another general, Ambrose Burnside, a native of Union County in eastern Indiana, oversaw the capture of Confederate raider John Hunt Morgan, who had led Southern troops on a rampage through Indiana. Despite some successes as a commander, Burnside's leadership was disastrous during the Battle of Fredericksburg in Virginia.
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