I Miss Old Abe…

One of my passions is American history and photography.  The two of these collided on a business trip as I found myself within a couple hours of the Abraham Lincoln Library, Presidential Museum, and Oak Ridge Cemetery where our 16th President was laid to rest (at least after 1901). There was one botched attempt to steal his body, where he was dug up in 1876 and was to be held for ransom.  His coffin was opened and viewed 5 times between the time he was buried and his final internment in 1901.

Abraham Lincoln Museum Montage

The burial stone is made of polished Red Arl Fossil marble from Arkansas and weighs 7 tons. Lincoln’s son, Todd, filled the vault with concrete so his father would no longer be viewed or moved.

 

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