World's Largest Covered Wagon, plus Abe - Lincoln, IL
Posted by: adgorn
N 40° 08.916 W 089° 23.238
16T E 296653 N 4446982
Quick Description: A large (THE LARGEST!) covered wagon with a comparably large Abe Lincoln sitting on top reading a law book. #1 roadside attraction in America according to June/July 2010 Reader's Digest!
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 9/20/2011 3:15:58 PM
Waymark Code: WMCMCM
Continued from the Roadside America website at (visit link
"The wagon looks real; Abe is a bit of a stretch."
Address: 1750 5th St., Lincoln, IL
Directions: I-55 exit 126, east to Lincoln Pkwy/Route 66, then south a quarter-mile. On the right, in front of the Best Western.
From Silly America (visit link
"A 350-pound, 12-foot tall statue of Abraham Lincoln reads a law book while sitting upon a large-covered wagon in the only town in the United States named for and by Abraham Lincoln before he became president: Lincoln, Illinois. The Railsplitter Covered Wagon that he sits on is the The World’s Largest Covered Wagon. The 40-foot long, 12-foot wide, 24-foot tall wagon Weighs five tons, the wagon is officially recognized as being the largest by the Guinness Book of World Records."
From Route 66 Pulse at (visit link
"The wagon was build by David Bentley, of Pawnee, in 2001 as he was recovering from heart disease. Bentley, a former Illinois State Police officer, told the Decatur Herald & Review that after open heart surgery, he became consumed with making something big and memorable. “I figured Abraham Lincoln was a pretty big guy, and so why not put him in the world’s largest covered wagon? It took me about six months to get it done,” Bentley told the Herald & Review.
Link from GBoWR (visit link
You can't & shouldn't miss it!