1st Land Office

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Springfield Journal Register, date of paper which originally published the following is unknown.

This is a sketch of Sangamon county's first land office that stood on what is now the northwest corner of Third and Jefferson Sts. The double log cabin served as land office and dwelling for Pascal P. Enos, receiver of public lands, who came to Springfield with his family in September, 1823. First land sales took place Nov. 6, 1823. The price was $1.25 an acre. Prior to the time they were permitted to purchase land, the pioneers had no title to the property they had settled. The picture is owned by Ozias Mather Hatch III, of 1015 N. Seventh St., president of the First National Bank and great-grandson of Enos, who lives on part of the land Enos originally entered across from Enos park given by the Enos family.

Submitted by: Jeanie Lowe.