Thursday, July 21, 2011
Those Places Thursday - Appellate Court House - Abe Lincoln & Clara Barton Stopped Here
On February 19, 1888 the "Great Cyclone" of Mt. Vernon struck and destroyed over five hundred buildings, killed thirty citizens and injured several hundred other residents of Mt. Vernon. An appeal went out for help to relief committees and medical providers. Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross came to town to help the citizens of Mt. Vernon and an emergency hospital was housed in the Appellate Courthouse under her supervision. Today the courthouse looks much as it did one-hundred and fifty years ago when it was first constructed.