The 12-foot-tall fiberglass statue of Lincoln is perched upon the world’s largest covered wagon. Hand crafted from oak by David Bentley, the wagon stands 24 feet tall, is 40 feet long, and weighs five tons. Recently relocated from Divernon, Ill., it now resides at 1006 Woodlawn Rd. in Lincoln, Ill. (Photo courtesy of the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County.)
Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln
It’s time to re-acquaint yourself with the man, myth and legend
by Jen Danzinger
Cities across the U.S. are planning ways to participate in the upcoming bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. Kentucky, where Lincoln was born, Indiana, where the Lincoln family lived before heading further west, and Illinois have already formed a tri-state bicentennial to coordinate celebratory events. Here in the “Land of Lincoln,” many communities will be dusting off their connection to the Lincoln legacy and seeking ways to encourage tourism while re-invigorating pride in their local heritage.
Many towns will be offering celebrations a year in advance of the actual bicentennial. Lincoln, Ill. will be celebrating Lincoln’s birthday this Feb. 9, with music, crafts, a Lincoln interpreter, the reading of the Gettysburg Address and, of course, birthday cake and punch at the Postville Courthouse State Historic Site. Additional events across the state will periodically be listed in the Datebook section of this magazine.
You don’t have to wait until Feb. 12, 2009, to begin your investigation of Lincoln lore. Consider taking your family on a day trip to a historic site near you. Some destinations you may not have experienced yet are:
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Do you have a favorite Illinois Lincoln site? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and have it listed here.
© 2008 Illinois Country Living Magazine.