State Line City in Warren County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
County, Indiana near this
spot Feb. 11, 1861.
Erected 1930 by Tri-County Historical Society (Warren County Historical Society).
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stops marker series.
Location. 40° 11.82′ N, 87° 31.772′ W. Marker is in State Line City, Indiana, in Warren County. Marker is at the intersection of East Woodard Street and Main Street, on the right when traveling east on East Woodard Street. Click for map. In the town Park of State Line City, Indiana (which is commonly called State Line, Indiana) Can be seen from Town Post Office. Marker is in this post office area: State Line IN 47982, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles Harrison's Trail (approx. 1.2 miles away); Trail of Death (approx. 2.2 miles away); Pioneer Jet Avaitors of the Korean War (approx. 3.9 miles away in Illinois); Everyday Heroes (approx. 5.1 miles away in Illinois); Landing Ship Tanks (LST's) Memorial (approx. 5.5 miles away in Illinois); Danville (Illinois) National Cemetery (approx. 5.5 miles away in Illinois); Address by President Lincoln (approx. 5.6 miles away in Illinois); Alumni who Served in Korean War (approx. 5.8 miles away in Illinois). Click for a list of all markers in State Line City.
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Also see . . .
1. Lincolnís Illinois Home - 360° Virtual Tours. Follow the links for a number of Virtual Reality tours of the Illinois life that Lincoln left to become President in a very troubled time. (Submitted on November 28, 2007, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
2. More Lincoln Tours. Follow links for a number of photo tours of Lincoln's Illinois life. (Submitted on December 14, 2007, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
1. Lincoln's Trip
State Line, Indiana (550 Pop. in 1861) was the first stop in the State of Indiana by Lincoln (Feb. 11, 1861)
Arriving at State Line at 12:38 P.M., they had lunch (at $1.00 per person—considered outrageously high by some news reporters of the day.) Lunch was served at the three story frame hotel just North of the tracks. It was called the “Frazier Eating House” or “The State Line Hotel.”
After all the luggage and articles were transferred to the “Wabash Railroad” train, Lincoln gave the short speech recorded on this marker. With a ring of the locomotiveís bell, they departed at approximately 1:30 P.M.
There were a total of ten stops made in the State of Indiana during Lincolnís trip to be sworn in as President. He stayed overnight in Indianapolis on the 11th and woke up to his birthday (12th) prior to heading to Cincinnati, Ohio.
The entire journey Lincoln traveled from Springfield, Illinois to Washington, D. C. was 1,904 miles long using18 railroad companies and needed over 24 steam locomotives traveling at break–neck speed of 30 MPH. There were other places on his trip that had track gauge changes. Always proceeding the “Presidential Special Train” was a pilot locomotive checking the way for problems and security.
— Submitted February 18, 2008.
2. Fist Fights in State Line City::
(From the Danville, Illinois Library: The Heritage of Vermilion County (Illinois), Vols. 2-3, Autumn 1966, Page 16, article entitled Warren County, Indiana by Rev. Grover Williams, Jr.)
The following is an exact quote:
“At any rate, what does appear certain is that not all State Line City was happy to see Lincoln. Some “Warren County Rebels” were there, among them Elijah Miller, and they greeted Lincoln, not with “Hail To The Chief” but with “Three Cheers For Jefferson Davis.” Some fist fights started and it seemed for a time the Civil War might erupt right in State Line. Order, however, prevailed and Lincoln ate his meal, then journeyed on to meet his date
— Submitted February 2, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.
3. Eight (8) year old boy - - rode in Lincoln's lap (State Line City to Williamsport, Indiana)::
((From an article, submitted by Gene Strickler, titled “Lincolnís Special” in the “Backward Glances” magazine, Mary Ann Publishers, Inc., Williamsport, Indiana (January 1990 edition - Page 5 ))
“”The Lincoln Special made a brief stop at Williamsport where a huge throng awaited, Mr. Lincoln made a rear-platform appearance, waved and smiled at the crowd, but made no speech there. The Special then preceded to Lafayette and Indianapolis.
An interesting sidelight of the trip of Lincoln though Warren County (Indiana) was the experience of an eight year old Williamsport boy in getting to ride on Lincolnís lap during the journey from State Line to Williamsport. The story appeared in the Omaha, Nebraska World Herald fifty years later. It is as follows:
... The explanation of my being on the special at all is very simple, says Mr. Kent. ... ... I was on the train because William Kent Sr. My father, was a director of the Toledo, Wabash and Western (railroad), which had its termination at State Line City, Ind., seven miles east of Danville, Ill., where it met the Atlantic & Great Western, ... ... The special was dead-headed to State Line City, my father went with it officially, and took me with him.”“
— Submitted September 28, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.
Additional keywords. Trip to Washington, D. C. - State Line, Indiana
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