About FreeportA boulder, life-size statue and interpretive signage in a parklike setting in Freeport mark the site of the second Lincoln-Douglas debate of 1858. According to historians Stephen A. Douglas' renowned “Freeport Doctrine” speech helped to make Abraham Lincoln president and hastened the outbreak of the Civil War. Krape Park, about 100 acres on S. Park Boulevard and Empire Street, contains a creek, waterfall, hiking trails, a carousel, playground and picnic facilities. Canoe rentals also are available. The 17-mile multiuse Jane Addams Recreation Trail connects Freeport with the Badger State Trail at the Wisconsin state line.
Visitor Centers Freeport/Stephenson County Convention and Visitors Bureau 4596 US 20E Freeport, IL 61032. Phone:(815)233-1357 or (800)369-2955
Things to Do Freeport Art Museum
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