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Lincoln, Illinois has the distinction of being the only city that was named for President Abraham Lincoln. The town was christened by Lincoln in 1853 with watermelon juice from a nearby wagonload of watermelons. After this incongruous start the newly formed city had nowhere to go but up and it did, becoming a major railroad stop between Springfield and Bloomington. Route 66 ran through Lincoln. There are still several attractions along the route that are sure to please Route 66 history buffs: the 1904 J.H. Hawes grain mill, the Tropics Cocktail Lounge, the Salt Creek Ghost Bridge, the Postville Courthouse, a marker where the Pig Hip ...

Lincoln, Illinois has the distinction of being the only city that was named for President Abraham Lincoln. The town was christened by Lincoln in 1853 with watermelon juice from a nearby wagonload of watermelons. After this incongruous start the newly formed city had nowhere to go but up and it did, becoming a major railroad stop between Springfield and Bloomington. Route 66 ran through Lincoln. There are still several attractions along the route that are sure to please Route 66 history buffs: the 1904 J.H. Hawes grain mill, the Tropics Cocktail Lounge, the Salt Creek Ghost Bridge, the Postville Courthouse, a marker where the Pig Hip Restaurant was and a closed gas station in Elkhart that was an icon on the route. Everything in the downtown area boasts of Abraham Lincoln. The christening site at 101 N. Chicago Street has a bronze statue of Lincoln. Inside the Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society there is a life mask of his face, hands and feet done by a local artist in 1853. The Lincoln College Museum has in their Hall of Presidents a rare collection of handwritten and signed documents from every United States President along with photographs, prints and Presidential medals.

Frances Folsom
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Frances Folsom is the author of CitySpot Palermo, a contributor to the Reiskits guides to Milan and Italy's Lakes Region, and Thomas Cook's Independent Traveller USA.

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