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It was founded around a gristmill in 1828 but, over the next few decades, became uninhabited. It was re-built as a historical reproduction during the Great Depression.
People Born in New Salem
New Salem in People's Lives
Abraham Lincoln: I set out from home for the first time in 1830, at age 22, and settled here, where I worked as a shopkeeper and came to own a general store. It was here that I developed a budding interest in politics. I lived here until about 1836.