Tuesday, November 10, 2015

News From Along the Lincoln Highway: Abraham Lincoln Memroial on I-80 to be Restored

From the Sept. 8, 2015, Caspar (Wyoming) Star Tribune by Lillian Schrock.

The Abraham Lincoln memorial is east of Laramie and has been taken to Lander for restoration.  Harsh Wyoming weather has left oxidation on the bronze statue's causing it to turn black in spots.

The thirty foot granite pedestal will remain.

The pedestal and statue were created by Robert Russin in the 1950s and his ashes are interred at its base.

This was originally on top of Sherman Summit, the highest point on the Lincoln Highway at 8,878 feet but moved to its current site after I-80 was built.

This is the second time that the 12 1/2 foot bust of Lincoln has been taken down.  The cost of restoration will be $30,000 and will be paid by state funds.

--RoadDog

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