Friday, June 27, 2014

#113: Madison County Courthouse

I was more than thrilled when I first found out there was going to be another cake in my hometown! One of the cakes closest to me is located at the heart of Madison County's seat, Edwardsville. Edwardsville is the third oldest city in Illinois, established in 1818 (same year Illinois entered the union). It is named after Ninian Edwards, who was governor of the Illinois territory. Edwardsville is home to many parks, one of the most notable public school districts in Illinois, as well as SIUE (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville).

  • Madison County, IL's 2013 estimated population: 267, 225
  • Madison Co.'s first courthouse was in a log cabin at the north end of Edwardsville in 1813.
  • Starting in 1857, the courthouse has been located on Main Street. 
  • Abraham Lincoln was once an attorney at the courthouse in 1814, and spoke at the 1857 courthouse in 1858.
  • The current building was built in 1915. (It is currently undergoing renovations so they can celebrate its 100th anniversary next year)
The other sides of the cake:
Right side of the cake

Back side of the cake

Left side of the cake

Madison County Circuit Clerk's website
City of Edwardsville website
Madison County government website

155 North Main Street, EDWARDSVILLE, IL, 62025
Cake artist: Nicole Cooper

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