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Inquiry Question

Historical Context

Maps 1 & 2




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Locating the Site

Map 3: The Little Pigeon Creek Community.[Map 3] with link to larger version of map.
(Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial)

Scale: 2 inches = 3 miles

Map 3 was created by Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial to represent the Little Pigeon Creek Community circa 1820. There were at least 40 families within a five-mile radius of the Lincoln home in 1820. Most of them had come from Kentucky and some, including the Carters and Gordons, had been neighbors of the Lincolns in Hardin County, Kentucky. These families formed the center of the community within which the Lincolns lived and worked during the 14 years they were in Indiana.

Questions for Map 3

1. Using the scale, how many families lived within a 1 mile radius of the Lincolns? Make a list of their names.

2. What do you think people used as the primary mode of transportation during the early 1800s? How might transportation and the distance between farms impact social life for the settlers?

3. What other types of businesses and community buildings were in the general area? How far was the closest store from the Lincoln farm? How might this impact the Lincoln's life?

4. How does the community you live in differ from that of the Lincolns'? Are there any similarities?

* The map on this screen has a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a larger version of Map 3, but be aware that the file may take as much as 60 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.



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