A Surprise inside the Logan County Courthouse in Lincoln, Illinois

Logan County Courthouse in Lincoln, Illinois

Logan County Courthouse in Lincoln, Illinois

Marker outside the Courthouse- mentioning Abraham Lincoln

Marker outside the Courthouse- mentioning Abraham Lincoln

 

 

History tells us that the city of Lincoln in Illinois is the only town named after Abraham Lincoln before he was elected as president. Interestingly enough, Lincoln actually was present in the town during the “naming ceremony.” It is said that he christened the town with watermelon juice from a melon he had cut open. That event occurred in 1853. Mr. Lincoln was to visit the town several times afterward in his capacity as a lawyer working the Eighth Judicial Circuit. Sadly, his last visit to the place was as a funeral stop on May 3, 1865.

I was looking for Lincoln statues. There were none outside the Courthouse. On a tip from one of the merchants in an antique store directly across from the Courthouse, I went in the stately building.  And there it was-not far from the security checkpoint-a magnificent statue of Abraham Lincoln. See pictures below:

 

Lincoln statue inside Logan County Courthouse

Lincoln statue inside Logan County Courthouse

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B. Nash with Lincoln statue

B. Nash with Lincoln statue

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I noticed while looking at the statue that there was on the base by his right foot-a slice of watermelon. I regret not having taken a picture of it! What a wonderful statue-and in color!

Who is the artist? What is the statue made of? Did the sculptor create any other works of art? Any more Lincoln works?

 

Source material: Lincoln In Sculpture by Carl Volkmann

 

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4 Responses to “A Surprise inside the Logan County Courthouse in Lincoln, Illinois”

  1. B. Nash says:

    Absolutely!

  2. Dave Wiegers says:

    If you get to Chicago, call me and we’ll go statue site seeing.

  3. B. Nash says:

    Great info Dave-will do! Bill

  4. Dave Wiegers says:

    As best as I can tell Bill, this a plaster statue that was done by the Caproni Brothers of Boston, MA. There were two versions – with and without beard. There were hundreds sold and there are many that survive. The pose is based on the Ste. Gaudens statue of Lincoln in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. The watermelon is not original to the Capri Brothers work but an homage to Lincoln christening his name sake town with the juice of a watermelon. There is a statue near the train station of a piece of watermelon and there is a statue in a local bank lobby as well. Next time you go traveling, let me know and I’ll let you know where the statues are!~

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