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Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stops Historical Markers

Abraham Lincoln traveled 1,904 miles by train from Springfield, Illinois, to Washington, D.C. for his inaugural, typically giving speeches from the rear platform at stops.
Abraham Lincoln Walked Here marker - photo on reverse image, Touch for more information
By Richard E. Miller, March 7, 2010
Abraham Lincoln Walked Here marker - photo on reverse
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — .5 — Abraham Lincoln Walked HereCivil War to Civil Rights — Downtown Heritage Trail —
"Tonight, beautiful women, perfumes, and the violins’ sweetness... At 10:30 p.m. on March 4, 1865, a tired and gaunt President Lincoln arrived at this site, his wife Mary in white lace and silk with purple and white flowers in her . . . — Map (db m28665) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — W.6 — Willard Inter-Continental HotelCivil War to Civil Rights — Downtown Heritage Trail —
"This hotel, in fact, may be much more justly called the center of Washington and the Union than either the Capitol, the White House, or the State Department...." Nathaniel Hawthorne, Civil War reporter for the Atlantic . . . — Map (db m10905) HM
Illinois (Champaign County), Tolono — Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stop
Abraham Lincoln made his farewell address to the people of Illinois at the Tolono Station February 11, 1861. "I am leaving you on an errand of national importance, attended as you are aware with considerable difficulties. Let us believe as some poet . . . — Map (db m4720) HM
Illinois (Champaign County), Tolono — Lincoln in Tolono — Looking for Lincoln —
Abraham Lincoln traveled through Tolono by locomotive at least eighteen times. He whiled the time away for his train connections by playing horseshoes and visiting with the Tolono residents. While campaigning in Illinois, Lincoln would frequently . . . — Map (db m23816) HM
Illinois (Sangamon County), Springfield — Lincoln’s Farewell to SpringfieldFebruary 11, 1861
My friends, no one not in my situation can appreciate my feelings of sadness at this parting, to this place, and the kindness of this people, I owe everything. Here I have lived a quarter of a century, and have passed from a young to an old man. . . . — Map (db m4611) HM
Illinois (Sangamon County), Springfield — The Lincoln Depot
From this building on February 11, 1861 Abraham Lincoln departed Springfield, Illinois to assume the Presidency of the United States. After bidding farewell to a number of friends, he delivered a brief, spontaneous and moving farewell address to the . . . — Map (db m4595) HM
Illinois (Vermilion County), Danville — Abraham Lincoln
At noon on February 11, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural train stopped at the Great Western Depot located here. It was the day before his 52nd birthday. He had been coming to Vermilion County for twenty years to attend Circuit Court in . . . — Map (db m5489) HM
Indiana (Boone County), Lebanon — Abraham Lincoln
Enroute to Washington, D.C., to become 16th President of the U.S., addressed citizens of Lebanon and Boone County from rear of railroad passenger car at this place on the evening of February 11, 1861. — Map (db m3811) HM
Indiana (Boone County), Zionsville — Lincoln's Stop in Zionsville, Indiana
Abraham Lincoln enroute to Washington as President Elect on February ll, 1861 addressed the Citizens of Zionsville at the Railroad Depot which stood on this site. — Map (db m8326) HM
Indiana (Dearborn County), Lawrenceburg — Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln made a famous pre-inaugural speech from his train platform near here Feb. 12, 1861, placing emphasis on the people's part in justice and good government. — Map (db m20600) HM
Indiana (Dearborn County), Lawrenceburg — LawrenceburghFirst in New Modes of Transportation — 1802 —
1802 - - Village of Lawrenceburgh founded in the Wilderness by Capt. Samuel C. Vance Commerce and travel are via the Ohio River. Pioneers constructed flatboats to carry goods to New Orleans Markets. The “Kaintucks” . . . — Map (db m22029) HM
Indiana (Marion County), Indianapolis — Here, Abraham Lincoln Said
Here, Feb 11, 1861, Abraham Lincoln, on his way to Washington to assume the Presidency, in an address said “I appeal to you to constantly bear in mind that not with politicians, not with presidents, not with office-seekers, but with you is the . . . — Map (db m3809) HM
Indiana (Marion County), Indianapolis — 49.1961.2 — Lincoln to the Citizens of Indiana
“. . . it is your business . . . if the Union of these States, and the liberties of this people, shall be lost. . . . It is your business to rise up and preserve the Union. . . .” From speech by President-elect Abraham Lincoln . . . — Map (db m564) HM
Indiana (Tippecanoe County), Lafayette — Lincoln in Lafayette
"We are united in one feeling for the Union. We believe in...every star and stripe of the glorious flag."

On these tracks Abraham Lincoln stopped in Lafayette and spoke those Unifying words on Feb 11, 1861 on his "Whistle Stop Tour" en route to . . . — Map (db m92078) HM

Indiana (Warren County), State Line City — Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln made his only speech in Warren County, Indiana near this spot Feb. 11, 1861.“Gentlemen of Indiana: I am happy to meet you on this occasion, and enter again the state of my early life, and almost of maturity. I am under . . . — Map (db m5490) HM
New Jersey (Mercer County), Trenton — State House
The State House is the heart of New Jersey’s State government, the second oldest State House in continuous use in the United States. First built in 1792 and expanded in every generation, the State House is a witness to two centuries of American . . . — Map (db m3850) HM
New York (Albany County), Albany — Lincoln in Albany
"I hold myself without mock modesty, the humblest of all individuals that have ever been elevated to the Presidency....You have generously tendered me the united support of the great Empire State." - Abraham Lincoln speaking to the New York . . . — Map (db m5191) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Westfield — The Lincoln-Bedell Statue ParkEstablished July 10, 1999
The meeting of President-Elect Abraham Lincoln and his famous corresponent, twelve-year-old Grace Bedell took place on February 16, 1861, in Westfield at the train station. Prior to this, Grace had penned a letter to Lincoln suggesting that whiskers . . . — Map (db m64706) HM
New York (Erie County), Buffalo — First Unitarian Congregational Society Building
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New York (Monroe County), Rochester — Morning of February 18, 1861Abraham Lincoln
Near this spot on the morning of February 18, 1861 Abraham Lincoln addressed the citizens of Rochester. — Map (db m41805) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Hudson River Railroad
On this site stood, in 1861, the station of the Hudson River Railroad The first passenger to use it was Abraham Lincoln who came to New York on February 19, 1861, on the way to his inauguration as President of the United States . . . — Map (db m113057) HM
Ohio (Franklin County), Columbus — 79-25 — The Ohio Statehouse / Lincoln at the Statehouse
In 1812, the Ohio legislature designated Columbus as the state capital, with local landowners contributing land and resources for a capitol building and penitentiary. The first Columbus statehouse, a Federal-style structure completed in 1816, . . . — Map (db m9986) HM
Ohio (Harrison County), Hopedale — Abraham Lincoln at Cadiz Junction
Here, February 14, 1861, Abraham Lincoln alighted from a train en route from his home in Illinois to the nations’s capital, where on March 4th he would become our sixteenth President. Cadiz Junction, a breakfast stop for the President Elect, saw him . . . — Map (db m40966) HM
Ohio (Jefferson County), Steubenville — 8-41 — Abraham Lincoln's Visit to Steubenville
Abraham Lincoln and his family stopped in Steubenville on February 14, 1861 on their way to Lincoln's presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. Traveling by train, once in Steubenville he departed the depot to address a large crowd of Ohioans . . . — Map (db m33905) HM
Ohio (Portage County), Ravenna — Abraham Lincoln, Ravenna, OhioTrain Stop
Historic Site At this site on February 15,1861 President - Elect Abraham Lincoln's inaugural train stopped at the Cleveland & Pittsburgh RR station to pick up Horace Y. Beebe of Ravenna. Beebe's convention vote had ensured Lincoln's Republican . . . — Map (db m61504) HM
Ohio (Summit County), Hudson — President-elect Abraham Lincoln
President-elect Abraham Lincoln, en route to Washington for his first inaugural, stopped in Hudson aboard a special Presidential train on February 15, 1861. A crowd of over 6,000 people greeted Lincoln at the old Hudson Depot, located near this . . . — Map (db m41269) HM
Pennsylvania (Allegheny County), Pittsburgh — The First Visit of Abraham Lincoln
This tablet commemorates the first visit of Abraham Lincoln who arrived at this point on February 14, 1861 remaining in Pittsburgh a few hours enroute to Washington for his inauguration. — Map (db m40305) HM
Pennsylvania (Dauphin County), Harrisburg — Abraham Lincoln
On February 22, 1861, while journeying to Washington for his Inauguration, Lincoln stopped at the Jones House, on this site. From the portico of the hotel, he addressed a large crowd gathered in Market Square. — Map (db m6577) HM
Pennsylvania (Dauphin County), Harrisburg — The Jones House
On this site, the southeast corner of Second and Market Streets on Market Square, stood the Jones House, a mid-Nineteenth Century Hotel, which later evolved into the larger Commonwealth Hotel and later, the Dauphin Building. It was here that Abraham . . . — Map (db m6550) HM
Pennsylvania (Philadelphia County), Philadelphia — Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln stood here when he raised the flag on Independence Hall February 22nd 1861. This tablet placed by Post 2 Department of Pennsylvania Grand Army of the Republic — Map (db m9259) HM

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