A significant part of Springfield’s connection to Abraham Lincoln has been sold.
The Great Western Depot on Monroe Street… where Lincoln made his farewell address to the city before leaving for Washington, D.C. in 1861… is being purchased by Pinky Noll, the wife of Springfield attorney Jon Gray Noll. The historic depot has been owned for years by the owners of the State Journal-Register, but they put it up for sale earlier this year.
Pinky Noll says she plans to preserve the train station waiting room and ticket office as tourist attractions, but will convert the mezzanine and second floor for use as law offices by her husband and son. She says she hopes to complete the conversion as soon as possible, and says she is excited that an important part of Springfield history will be preserved.