Thursday, February 6, 2014

Illinois Route 66's Abe Down, But Not Out-- Part 1

From the Feb. 2, 2014, Chicago Tribune "Small-town Lincoln attraction damaged" by Joan Cary. //// Considered the toen's biggest roadside attraction, the world's largest covered wagon was blown over Jan. 26th by 55+ an hour winds, but the driver, Abraham Lincoln, was uninjured. Well, his statue is still sitting there reading that law book. //// The 24-foot tall wagon located on Route 66, is listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the largest covered wagon and a 2010 Reader's Digest magazine readers' poll named it the #1 roadside attraction in the U.S.. (It's neat, but not that neat.) //// Plans are underway to repait it, but that won't be easy as the wagon weighs five tons and has two broken wheels: one 10-foot and the other 12-foot high. But they expect to have it up in Lincoln, Illinois, between Bloomington-Normal and Springfield, by the start of the summer tourist season. //// If I remember correctly, it sits out in front of the Abraham Lincoln Motel, now part of the Best Western chain and it has meen completely renovated. //// Good Idea to Repair It. I Was Surprised When the town of Divernon, south of Springfield, Let It Leave for Lincoln. //// Old Abe Would be So proud. --RoadDog

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