National Geographic : 1961 Jul
from 1820 to 1839 (page 26). There stood beaver-hatted Lincoln, just off the stage coach, being greeted by Stephen A. Douglas in front of the wooden hotel that once oc cupied this same corner. Across the street, through our dining-room window, we saw the onetime statehouse. "That second window from the corner on the second floor is the one Lincoln jumped from, according to the local story," I told the children. "Serving in the State legislature, he disappeared to prevent a quorum being pres ent to vote on a bill he opposed." Up to that time Illinois had been largely settled from the south, and Vandalia's "met ropolitan" citizens prided themselves on eat ing hog meat instead of venison. While the legislature met here, it passed the act incor porating the "town of Chicago." Long before the first settlers poled their flatboats up the Kaskaskia River, other agri cultural peoples had invaded Illinois. One group settled along Cahokia Creek near pres ent-day East St. Louis. These prehistoric Long as a city block, the steamer Admiral pulls away from St. Louis, Missouri, and heads down the Mississippi on an excur sion cruise. The Nation's largest all-steel river boat, the five-decked liner accommo dates 4,000 passengers. The city's proposed Jefferson National Expansion Memorial will replace parking lots beyond the levee.