Bateman works in Springfield and happened to be walking to lunch one
day when he "noticed old Abe sticking out of the trash." Not
thinking twice, he knew that Lincoln could find a home in Logan
"I actually rescued a 7-foot, 6-inch Lincoln memorial out
of the trash," he said.
"So you're a dumpster diver," Rick Aylesworth heckled.
"Yes, I am," Bateman chuckled. "I just couldn't see throwing it
He laughed, recalling the image.
"At one point, Abraham Lincoln was sitting in the back of a truck
going down I-55, going to my house."
As the first community named for and actually christened by
Abraham Lincoln (with the juice of a watermelon) before he became
famous, residents of the city of Lincoln and Logan County embrace
the heritage of our 16th president with great honor.
Numerous paintings and statues of A. Lincoln can be found inside
and outside local courthouses, banks, Lincoln College and museums
throughout the county.
And, the replica Bateman rescued has found purpose in Logan
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Tourism director Geoff Ladd said the statue would have its first
appearance in the Middletown Homecoming parade. After the parade it
will be available for children to sit on Abe's lap for a photo op.
It will next appear at the Logan County Fairgrounds during the
national railsplitting competition.
The original statue by Daniel Chester French is at the Lincoln
Memorial in Washington, D.C.
You can see a photo of the well-known original statue in