largest covered wagon to be dedicated on Thursday
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The world's largest covered wagon, as listed in
the Guinness Book of World Records, will be dedicated during a
ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the J&S Auto
Centre and Penache Boutique location.
The ceremony has been arranged through a combined effort of the
Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County and the Lincoln/Logan
County Chamber of Commerce. Refreshments will be served at Penache
The Railsplitter Covered Wagon was purchased for the
tourism bureau through a donation from Lincoln resident Larry J. Van
Bibber. It is parked at 1006 Woodlawn Road.
"This is an excellent example of community-minded individuals and
businesses that are willing to partner with our tourism bureau to
bring an attraction such as this to our community. We are very
grateful to Mr. Van Bibber and Jim and Shelley Horn of J&S Auto
Centre/Penache Boutique," said Geoff Ladd, executive director of the
The unique covered wagon was created by David Bentley several
years ago as he was recovering from heart disease and has been
located in the Divernon area. It has been a popular attraction for
both Route 66 and Abraham Lincoln tourists and fits well with the
tourism bureau's Abe66.com marketing campaign.
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The fiberglass Abraham Lincoln is 12 feet in length (seated) and
weighs 350 pounds. The wagon was hand-built out of oak and stands 24
feet tall, 12 feet wide, 40 feet long and weighs 5 tons. The front
wheels are 10 feet tall and the back wheels are 12 feet tall.
Plans for the wagon include placing a large interpretive sign at
the site and placement of a log fence around the wagon, courtesy of
AmerenCilco and the Logan Railsplitting Association. By the way, the
National Railsplitting Contest and Crafts Festival will be Sept.
14-16 this year.
For more information regarding the Railsplitter Covered Wagon,
contact the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County at
217-732-8687 or email@example.com.
(Text from file received from the
Abraham Lincoln Tourism
Bureau of Logan County)