Railsplitter Covered Wagon rededication March 19
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[March 03, 2010]
The Railsplitter Covered Wagon will be
rededicated later this month at its new location. The unique wagon
moved last fall from its previous home near J&S Auto and Penache
Boutique to its new home in the front yard of the Best Western
Lincoln Inn. The rededication ceremony, which will include
presentations and special guests, is scheduled for March 19 at 4:30
p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
The ceremony will be followed by a fish and chicken dinner at 5:30
p.m. at American Legion Post 263.
The move was completed by Rankin Backhoe and Septic Service. They
were able to move the wagon down Route 66 with police escort, thanks
to the city of Lincoln and Logan County Sheriff's Department. (See
pictures.) Once the wagon was settled and braced in its new
home, Honest Abe, complete with a new paint job, was back on his
high perch, reading his law book, and a split rail fence in his
honor was erected around the perimeter of the wagon.
Plans for the future include a new Route 66 Scenic Byway wayside
exhibit, through the Illinois Route 66 Heritage Project. Floral
landscaping is also planned to finish up the beautification of this
attraction along Route 66 in Logan County.
The wagon, which is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records
as the World's Largest Covered Wagon, was purchased for the Abraham
Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County through a donation from Larry
J. Van Bibber, a Lincoln resident.
The wagon was created by David Bentley while he was recovering
from heart disease. Bentley wanted the wagon to be located in a
community that was rich in both Abe Lincoln and Route 66 heritage,
making Lincoln the perfect home.
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The rededication was announced by the tourism bureau, along with
Van Bibber, Paresh Patel of the Best Western Lincoln Inn and
American Legion Post 263.
The tourism bureau is very excited about the new home for the
wagon and hopes that the entire community will come out and
celebrate the end of the wagon's travels.
[Text from file received from
Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of