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[JUNE 21, 2004]  Lincoln Mayor Beth Davis recently presented the following information to a group of colleagues who also serve as community leaders and administrators.

Text at top of survey sheet:

'305' Abe Lincoln Statue Survey

Lincoln, Illinois, is the first city in the world named in honor of Abraham Lincoln. In fact, Abe christened the city himself in 1853 with the juice from a watermelon. A group is proposing to build a 305-foot-tall statue of Abe Lincoln. Visitors will be able to travel to the top of the statue. A restaurant is proposed in the top hat. Other attractions and a theme park are being considered for the immediate area.

The status may not be constructed to look the same as it's now being presented. This is a conceptual design based on Lincoln's image as portrayed in Lloyd Ostendorf's paintings.

Tell us what you think of this "outside-of-the-box" idea. Would you bring your family to Lincoln to see this attraction?

Survey results

Would you tour the Abe Lincoln statue?

Probably yes: 28

Definitely not: 7

Maybe: 7

What do you think of the idea in general?

Good idea for tourism revenue: 28

It's a silly idea: 5

Not sure: 6

 

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Where are you from?

Chicago, 14

Suburban Chicago, 10

  • Addison, 1
  • Berwyn, 1
  • Brookfield, 1
  • Cicero, 1
  • Downers Grove, 1
  • Naperville, 1
  • Oak Lawn, 1
  • Schaumburg, 1
  • Tinley Park, 1
  • Westmont, 1

Rest of Illinois, 14

  • Belleville, 1
  • Carbondale, 1
  • Hillsboro, 1
  • Joliet, 1
  • Macomb, 2
  • New Berlin, 1
  • South Elgin, 1
  • Springfield, 5
  • Quincy, 1

Elsewhere, 4

  • Denver, Colo., 1
  • Minneapolis, Minn., 1
  • Kansas City, Mo., 1
  • Nashville, Tenn., 1

Total responses: 42

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