DescriptionLincoln has the distinction of being the only town that was named for Abraham Lincoln before he became famous. Developers of the site used the young lawyer's services to prepare the necessary documents to sell lots. Upon being informed that the settlement would be named for him, Lincoln christened the new townsite with the juice of a watermelon. A historical marker near the Lincoln train station at Broadway and Chicago streets commemorates the christening site.
Before the Civil War, the town of Lincoln absorbed a smaller, older settlement known as Postville, which had served as the county seat in the 1840s. It was in the Postville Courthouse that Abraham Lincoln often handled civil cases. The Postville Courthouse State Historic Site at 914 5th St. features a replica of that building constructed where the original once stood; phone (217) 732-8687.
Measuring 40 feet long and 24 feet tall, the Railsplitter Covered Wagon, at the junction of 5th Street and Route 66, is said to be the world's largest. It features a sculpture of Abe Lincoln sitting in the front seat reading a 12-foot-tall law book weighing 350 pounds.
Visitor InfoLogan County Tourism Bureau 1555 5th St. LINCOLN, IL 62656. Phone:(217)732-8687
Things to SeeLincoln Heritage Museum