Indianapolis in Marion County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Lincoln Funeral Train
Assassinated President Abraham Lincoln's funeral was April 19, 1865 at the White House. The funeral train left for Springfield, Illinois April 21 directed by the military; stops en route allowed mourners to pay homage. In Richmond, Indiana, Governor Oliver P. Morton boarded; train reached Indianapolis, April 30, at 7:00 a.m. Buildings were draped in black.
In the rain, Lincoln's coffin was escorted along crowded streets lined with soldiers to old State House, located here. Reports say at least 50,000 people viewed Lincoln's open casket in the rotunda. Through streets lit by bonfires and torches, coffin was returned to Union Depot; train departed at 12:00 a.m. for Michigan City, last scheduled Indiana stop.
Erected 2009 by Indiana Historical Bureau and Indiana Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. (Marker Number 49.2009.1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Notable Events • Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Indiana Historical Bureau Markers series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1960.
Location. 39° 46.114′ N, 86° 9.7′ W. Marker is in Indianapolis, Indiana, in Marion County. Marker is on W. Washington Street. On the grounds of the State Capitol. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Indianapolis IN 46204, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. State Capitol (a few steps from this marker); Oliver Perry Morton (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Arsenal 1861 - 1864 (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Andrews Hendricks (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Indiana State House (about 500 feet away); Abraham Lincoln (about 600 feet away); The National Road (about 600 feet away); 1907 Indiana Eugenics Law (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Indianapolis.
More about this marker. Two sided marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 31, 2015, by Pat Filippone of Stockton, California. This page has been viewed 499 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on June 17, 2016, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 31, 2015, by Pat Filippone of Stockton, California. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.