Saturday, May 9, 2015

Lincoln's Funeral Train

Lincoln's original funeral train, 1865. Imagesource
Abraham Lincoln was assassinated 150 years ago last month. A Presidential train car was under construction at the time of his death (the equivalent of today's Air Force One) and was quickly altered to become his Funeral Train which transported his coffin from Washington, DC to Springfield, IL. 

The original funeral car was sold several times and ultimately destroyed by fire. In honor of this 150th anniversary of Lincoln's death, a replica train car has been created and is making several stops. Last week it came to my little corner of the world. It was parked at our local fairgrounds which also happens to be the location of one of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. 

Sadie, Soren and Sterling all took field trips to tour the Funeral Train. Jeff's parents, in town for the kids' musical, went with us one evening as well. We live in Lincoln country and it's always fun to learn more of the history surrounding our 16th President. 

Lincoln's Funeral Train, replica 2015

Lincoln's Coffin

The metal plate on the coffin

This would have been Lincoln's bed on the Presidential Car if he had lived.

 Here is an interesting article with a lot more information about the Funeral Train, then and now: Lincoln's Funeral Train is Reborn.

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