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Lincoln on the Frontier: Lincoln's Sum Book Page|Reading by Firelight|William Carpenter|Promissory Note
Survey of Huron Survey of Huron

On the frontier, communities could thrive or perish for seemingly mundane reasons. Occasionally communities didn't even make it past the stage of conception. In early March 1836, Lincoln surveyed a tract of land along the left bank of the Sangamon River about 12 miles north of New Salem. The survey, entirely in his hand, was filed on 21 May 1836. For whatever reason, the community failed to attract settlers, and the lots soon reverted to farmland. One of the few pieces of evidence that the community even existed on paper is Lincoln's survey of how the town's projectors hoped it would look.