Introduction to Beardstown, Illinois
Beardstown was first settled by Europeans in 1819. The city was named after it's first settler, Thomas Beard. Beard constructed a log cabin near the Illinois River, from where he traded with American Indians and operated a ferry service. He later went on to build a brick building which served as a store and an inn. Local legend states that Abraham Lincoln stayed here during his visits to the town.
Beardstown and nearby Attractions
- Beardstown Museum
- Lincoln Courtroom and Black Museum
- Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area
- Sanganois State Fish and Wildlife Area
- Nichols Park Golf Course
- Links Golf Course
Things To Do In Beardstown
Local parks include the Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area, and the Sanganois State Fish and Wildlife Area. These parks offer opportunities for horseback riding, fishing, picnicking, boating, camping and wildlife viewing. Local museums include the Beardstown Museum, and the Lincoln Courtroom & Black Museum. Local golfers can enjoy a round at the Nichols Park Golf Course and the Links Golf Course. The Fall Fun Festival is a popular local festival.
Capital Airport is nearby.
Beardstown Higher Education
Nearby colleges and universities include Western Illinois University, Lincoln Land Community College, Illinois Central College and the University of Illinois at Springfield.