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Shelby County Courthouse was built in 1879 & dedicated in 1883. The upper courtroom houses historic paintings including Robert Root’s de- piction of the Lincoln-Thornton debate in Shelbyville that launched Lincoln’s national political career. A Looking for Lincoln Wayside Exhibit and Lincoln and Thornton statues grace the front of the courthouse. Courtrooms open for viewing when court is not in ses- sion. Open Weekdays 8am-4pm. Closed holidays. Call 217-774-4421.


The Pam and Bob Boarman


Shelbyville Public Library was dedicated in 1905. The library was built with a Carnegie Grant in French Renaissance style. It has computers, a video li- brary, and has plenty of reading and learning experiences for children throughout the year. Located at 154 N Broadway. Open 9a-7p Mon-Fri 9a-1p on Saturdays. Info: 217-774-4432 or shelbyville.lib.il.us


Chevy BelAir Museum 217-774-4919 This museum opened in 2005 with Bob’s private collection of Chevy’s. The building is decorated in 50’s sock hop style with black and white check- ered floors. The walls are line with 50’s memora- bilia, Chevy clocks and neon signs. A jukebox takes you back to the era. The museum has eight vintage cars as well as a 1993 Indy Pace Car with only 28 miles on it. The museum was built so the cars could be in a controlled environment. Mr. Boarman restored most of the cars himself and has been collecting cares for over 30 yrs. The mu- seum is located at 224 W Main St in Shelbyville. Open M-F 8a-7p and Saturdays from 8a-6p.


The Lincoln Public Square & Eternal Flame houses the Soldiers & Sailors Monu- ment designed by Robert Marshall Root. The square was erected in 1907 in memory of the military men in the county. The square also has a plaque to honor Abraham Lincoln who practiced law in Shelby County & a plaque for Horace Tallman, inventor of the 1st mechanical pickup hay baler. In 2002, an eternal flame was dedicated to the military who have served. The granite base contains etchings, one of which is General Douglas MacArthur wading ashore in the Philippines in 1945 and alongside him is Shelbyville resident August West.


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