Located in the heart of Montgomery County perched on top over a hill overlooking the surrounding farmland is the town of Hillsboro. With more than 6,000 people, it is the county seat of Montgomery County and the courthouse is the most striking landmark of the town, which is pictured above and below.
Abraham Lincoln frequently visited Hillsboro before he was elected, which is commemorated in a new statue by John McClarey in front of the courthouse. It is a unique statue as it shows a lighter side to Lincoln's personality. The sculptor John McClary said about his Hillsboro statue, "He has just arrived in town, having put down his travel bag and umbrella, and he’s leaning back slightly to get the kinks out of his back from the long buggy ride from Springfield." To learn more about the sculpture and Lincoln in Hillsboro, click here.
Along the courthouse square you can see St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, which is pictured below.
Pictured below is the Red Rooster Inn, which is just east of the courthouse and has been in operation since 1902.
On October 7, 2012, Hillsboro became the 100th community in Illinois that we've added to Illinois in Focus! We're proud of this landmark, and we look forward to adding more to our Hillsboro page when we visit again.
To see other towns in Montgomery County, click here.