lincoln tomb

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lincoln tomb
1500 monument avenue
springfield, illinois 62702

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On the day that Lincoln died on April 15, 1865, a group of Springfield citizens began plans to build a monument for him in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

After several shifts in location, and a botched attempt by Chicago thieves in 1876 to steal his remains, Lincoln was laid to rest in a concrete vault beneath the monument with Mary Todd and three of his four sons in 1901.

Today, it is considered good luck to rub the nose of the Lincoln bronze sculpture (made by sculptor Gutzon Borglum).

photo: Dan Coulter @ flickr