[May 01, 2014]
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finishing touches to getting the world's largest covered wagon back
in tip-top shape are coming right along. On Monday, Matthews
Construction went out to the wagon site and installed the brand-new
The wagon also has a couple of
new additions. The extra-large ax that came with the wagon has
been in storage since Lincoln acquired the wagon, due to fears that
it would be stolen. The Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of
Logan County wanted the ax to be a part of the covered wagon
experience. They asked Matthews to mount the ax on the wagon. That has been accomplished.
In addition, a Railsplitter banner has been added to the wagon, and the split-rail fence is back in place around the wagon.
When the wagon was turned to
face a different direction, it did have an effect on the landscaping
and the position of the wayside signage at the site. The
tourism bureau is considering what to do about changing these things also to
make the location more attractive. The work that has been done
thus far was primarily covered by insurance from when the wagon
toppled over in a storm earlier this year.
Some of the other improvement
projects the bureau would like to do are not covered by insurance
and will come about at a later date.
Pictures by Karen Hargis