- Juerg Plodeck
In the Springfield of Mr. Lincoln’s residency, hogs roamed the dirt streets scavenging for food and simultaneously cleaning the city streets. In fact, several attempts were made by local citizens to pass a "hog ordinance" that would legitimize the existence of hogs in their streets. Even the Lincoln family owned domesticated animals -- two horses, a cow, several cats, chickens, and of course, their dog, Fido.
Nonnative plant life was introduced into urban centers to decorate the gardens of many Springfield residents. Ornamental plants like peony (Paeonia species) and Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) were sold in local nurseries. At the same time, native trees were cut down for construction and fuel. As nonnative plants became more prevalent in the urban landscape, they displaced the native species.
Today, the Lincoln neighborhood has both native and nonnative plants and animals on site. Frequent sightings of feral cats and the presence of aggressive daylilies (Hemerocallis fulva) in the neighborhood yards are a reminder of the invasion of nonnative species to the area.
Did You Know?
The Arnold House was once the home of Charles Arnold who was the local county sheriff, a miller, and neighbor to Mr. Lincoln in the 1850s. Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Illinois