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"Looking for Lincoln" Funeral Train Marker Dedication

Tuesday, May 3
Starts at 1:00 PM

McLean County Museum of History
200 N. Main St, Bloomington IL 61701

On Tuesday, May 3 at 1:00 p.m., the Museum, in partnership with Looking for Lincoln and the City of Bloomington, will unveil a new marker to honor the site where Lincoln’s funeral train made its final stop before reaching it’s final destination in Springfield. This event will be held at the intersection of Chestnut and Allin Streets in Bloomington, and is free, and open to the public.

Abraham Lincoln was assassinated 157 years ago on April 14, 1865. He died the next day on April 15th – Good Friday. Commemorating the 157th Anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination and death, the McLean County Museum of History will dedicate a new “Looking for Lincoln” historical marker near the site of the old Bloomington Train Depot for the Chicago & Alton Railroad. A special train dubbed “The Lincoln Special” transported the body of Abraham Lincoln from Washington D.C. to Springfield, Illinois, during a 13-day journey that began April 21, 1865. The train passed through Bloomington early in the morning on May 3, 1865, stopping briefly to take on wood and water.

Experience the train’s journey for yourself by reading about it, and then join us on May 3rd for the dedication ceremony. Learn more through the book Lincoln’s Springfield, The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln, May 3rd and 4th, 1865; Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Death of Abraham Lincoln by Richard E. Hart; The Abraham Lincoln Association – Available for purchase at the Cruisin’ With Lincoln on 66 Gift Shop and Visitors Center at the McLean County Museum of History.

For more information about this program, please contact the Development Office at development@mchistory.org or 309-827-0428.