The marker is located in Carmi, at 206 East Main Street.
White County Historical Society and The Illinois State Historical Society
This building was erected in 1828 by James Ratcliff. Nicknamed 'Old Beaver' because of his energy, he was a founder of Carmi (1816), an innkeeper, merchant, and postmaster, and White County's first Clerk, Recorder, and Probate Judge. Abraham Lincoln lodged here in 1840. The inn was restored in 1960.
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