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Whitestown in Boone County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Big Four Trail

 
 
Big Four Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 15, 2021
1. Big Four Trail Marker
Inscription.  Commemorating the historic Lafayette & Indianapolis Railroad. On May 1st, 1865, at 1:07a.m., the Lincoln Funeral Train passed through Whitestown with mourners lining the tracks in the middle of the night to pay homage to the assassinated 16th U.S. President. The train traveled more than 1,600 miles carrying Lincoln’s body for nearly two weeks, with more than three million people gathering along the tracks between Washington, D.C. and Springfield, IL. to pay their repects. It has been called the grandest funeral spectacle in U.S. history. Lincoln’s Inaugural Train passed through Whitestown on the very same tracks on February 11th, 1861.
 
Erected 2019 by Whitestown Historic Preservation Committee.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical date for this entry is February 11, 1861.
 
Location. 39° 59.767′ N, 86° 20.762′ W. Marker is in Whitestown, Indiana, in Boone County. Marker is on South Main Street (County Route 650E) just south of Linville Avenue, on the right when traveling south
Big Four Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 15, 2021
2. Big Four Trail Marker
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. The marker stands in the Whitestown Rail Trail trailhead park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8 S Main St, Whitestown IN 46075, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Albert Smith White (a few steps from this marker); Lincoln's Stop in Zionsville, Indiana (approx. 5.4 miles away); Town of Zionsville Founded in 1852 (approx. 5.4 miles away); Michigan Road (approx. 5˝ miles away); Site of the Old Zionsville Inn (approx. 5˝ miles away); Patrick H. Sullivan (approx. 5˝ miles away); Original Plat Historical Block No. 8 (approx. 5.6 miles away); Abraham Lincoln (approx. 7.4 miles away).
 
Big Four Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 15, 2021
3. Big Four Trail Marker
the mural on the wall next to the marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 23, 2021, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 108 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 23, 2021, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 2, 2022