155 North Main Street, Edwardsville, IL, 62025 / Cake artist: Nicole Cooper
This courthouse was built in 1915. It is currently in the process of renovation on the exterior part, in order to coincide with the building’s centennial anniversary in 2015. Madison County’s first courthouse was built towards the northern part of Edwardsville in 1813. Starting in 1857, the courthouse moved to Main Street. A year later, future president Abraham Lincoln gave a speech at the courthouse while running for Senate.
Madison County, Illinois was established on September 14, 1812 and was named for then-President James Madison. At the time, the county took up the whole northern part of Illinois (before it became a state). Madison County consists of several towns and cities, including Alton, Granite City, Highland, and of course, its county seat Edwardsville. Much of the eastern part of the county mostly is farming communities, while the western part is manufacturing, oil, steel and brass companies. Edwardsville is the third oldest city in Illinois, which was named after Illinois territory’s governor, Ninian Edwards. It is home to many parks, historical places, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and has one of the most notable public school districts in the state. Edwardsville was also once home to five Illinois governors, including Edwards! Some other famous Edwardsville people include TV star Laurie Metcalf and Mannie Jackson, who was the first African-American to own a major sports franchise (the Harlem Globetrotters).
Cake placement date: June 9
Where is the cake now?: The cake stayed there until early February 2015. It was later discovered that the cake was donated and re-painted by the Holiday Shores Ski Club. The new cake was displayed during its annual Fourth of July ski show in 2015, which is put on by their members. Holiday Shores is an unincorporated lake community located about 7 miles north of Edwardsville, Illinois. The cake is no longer on public display, but according to the owners, it may be shown at future skiing events. As for now, it is in storage. (February 2018)