Abraham Lincoln sitting large on an even larger covered wagon

B. Nash next to Lincoln & his wagon

B. Nash next to Lincoln & his wagon

Location: Lincoln, Illinois at 1750 5th Street.

Location: Lincoln, Illinois at 1750 5th Street.

 

Just look for the Best Western!

Just look for the Best Western!

Close up of Mr. Lincoln

Close up of Mr. Lincoln

 

 

Unless I missed something in my studies of Abraham Lincoln, I don’t recall him as president driving a covered wagon anywhere! Oh well. This is merely a curious thing for tourists, not meant for historians, I suppose. Although, as a self-confessed “Lincoln nerd” -I do take interest in all things Lincoln-so this statue counts. Of course, it is really important to note in gazing at the giant Lincoln sitting up on the giant wagon that he is reading a book. This is very “Lincoln.” I’m sure teachers with their students who visit the site in yellow buses are careful to point out that fact too. Hint to students and “would-be” future leaders-READ!

The Lincoln Courier informs that the wagon that Lincoln is perched up on is made of oak and weighs 5 tons. It’s 24 feet tall, 12 feet wide and 40 feet long. Lincoln is not small, by any means either. He is 12 feet in length and weighs 350 pounds. In case you’re wondering, the real Lincoln was 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighed anywhere from 140 to 175 pounds. An inscribed plate at the site of the Lincoln/wagon states that it was created by David Bentley.

Anyway, if you’re in Lincoln, Illinois and looking for a neat photo opportunity, you might want to stop  here. The kids will certainly enjoy seeing it. Even the “big kids” (grown-ups) like seeing it too.

 

 

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