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).
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Civil Rights • Notable Events • Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stops series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1862.
Location. 40° 11.82′ N, 87° 31.772′ W. Marker is in State Line Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: State Line IN 47982, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 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˝ miles away in Illinois); A National Cemetery System (approx. 5˝ miles away in Illinois); Danville (Illinois) National Cemetery (approx. 5˝ miles away in Illinois); Danville National Cemetery (approx. 5˝ miles away in Illinois). Touch for a list and map of all markers in State Line City.
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Also see . . .
1. 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.)
2. Virtual Tour of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site. National Park Service entry via Google Arts (Submitted on November 7, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
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) on his way to Washington, D. C. to be sworn in as President. Due to smaller gauge railroad tracks, the entire group had to stop at State Line to switch trains.
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 locomotive’s bell, they departed at approximately 1:30 P.M.
There were a total of ten stops made in the State of Indiana during Lincoln’s 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
Since dinning cars were not invented yet, travelers had to take along their own food and drink unless there were planned “eating Stops.” Of the five “planned” eating stops for Lincoln’s train, one of them had no food left due to the large crowd that gathered waiting for him. Due to necessary security Lincoln’s food was guarded and kept safe without the public’s knowledge.
— 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
— 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 “Lincoln’s 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 Lincoln’s
Precisely half a century ago, a very diminutive boy was lifted to his knees and cuddled up in the arms of Abraham Lincoln and there lay pressed close to the big heart of the president-elect for an hour during the first stage of that memorable journey to Washington for inauguration. This early privileged 8 year old boy was W. H. Kent who came to Omaha in 1876 and is now proof-reader on the World Herald. ...
... 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
Credits. This page was last revised on November 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 29, 2007, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 4,145 times since then and 12 times this year. Last updated on February 18, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. Photos: 1. submitted on October 29, 2007, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. 2. submitted on September 27, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. 3. submitted on October 29, 2007, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. 4. submitted on March 16, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. 5, 6. submitted on July 2, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. 7, 8, 9. submitted on March 16, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. 10, 11. submitted on June 26, 2011. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.