Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Illinois's Route 66 Abe Down, But Not Out-- Part 2

From Feb. 6th. //// The covered wagon with the sitting Lincoln that was badly damaged by high winds in Lincoln, Illinois, back in January was built in 2001 by David Bentley of Divernon, Illinois. He spent six months working on the wagon and had a Wisconsin man make the 12-foot high Lincoln statue in a sitting position, complete with stovepipe hat and reading a law book. (Weighs in at 350 pounds.) //// Bentley kept it parked on his property for the first several years (we saw it many times) and even took it once to the Illinois State Fair (by crane and large truck as even the Clydesdales refused to pull it). The article said it does roll, but not easily. //// He put it up for sale in 2007 and I am greatly surprised Divernon didn't buy it, but Lincoln resident and Abe enthusiast Larry Van Bibber donated $10,000 to the Lincoln Tourism Bureau (run by Geoff Ladd back then who did a lot for the community and was always looking for a way to forward the town's Lincoln and Route 66 connections). //// More to Come. --RoadDog

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