Illinois Old State Capital

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This building, built in 1837, served as the state capitol from 1840 to 1876. A close distance from Abraham Lincoln's home, it is where he served as state legislator before being elected to the presidency. Like many old state capitols, this one became too small for a burgeoning state - and thus became obsolete. Even though matters of legislation are not carried out here the building is still used for ceremonial purposes and festivals.