Its creator-owner wants to sell. Lincoln and Logan County tourism
groups would like to buy.
Geoff Ladd from the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan
County is leading the effort to secure the display. He explained
details of the unique opportunity to the Lincoln City Council.
Ladd said that the display is a great fit into all the current
tourism sites and activities, including Looking for Lincoln, Route
66 tourism, the 2009 Lincoln bicentennial, and the Abraham Lincoln
National Railsplitting Contest and Crafts Festival.
Current locations under consideration are toward the south entry
of the city. He said that the Logan Railsplitting Association is
interested in having the display located at a corner of the
fairgrounds and would commit $1,000 toward it.
Mayor Beth Davis said that this was discussed in committee, and
the city would like the display to go in at Postville Park. A lot of
schoolchildren who are brought on buses to see the Postville
Courthouse also visit the park. She could see that this would give
them something more to enjoy and remember.
Streets superintendent Tracy Jackson said that the streets
department already had plans to remove a couple of trees at
Postville Park, on the Fifth and Washington Street corner. This
would be a good location for the display. His department would also
assist in the site preparation. Concrete pads where the wheels go
The solid oak, 24-foot-tall, 12-foot-wide and 40-foot-long wagon
weighs 5 tons. The 12-foot-long Lincoln is 350 pounds.
Owner David Bentley has a price of $10,000 plus $2,000 to sell
and transport the display.
Alderman Buzz Busby wanted to know if the "K.D." knockdown was
Ladd said that the owner would do the K.D.
The mayor said that the owner would do the "S.U." setup also.
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Alderman Wanda Lee Rohlfs asked who would examine the condition of
the display before it is purchased. "Most of us would not buy a car
without looking at it first," she said. She thought it important to
verify the condition of the exhibit before it is K.D.'d and then
S.U.'d later here.
Ladd said that it is said to be in good condition but may need a
coat of paint in the spring.
Time is a factor, Ladd said. The owner seems anxious to sell now.
There is at least one other city that has expressed serious
interest. We're in competition with the big "S" (Springfield).
Davis said that the big "L" may need to step it up.
Jackson, Alderman Whittaker, Davis and several others committed
to go see the display as soon as possible.
City attorney Bill Bates observed that this type of display is an
invitation for kids to climb on, and when they fall off, "You're the
ones that are going to get sued."
Alderman Kathy Horn will seek insurance and risk assessment that
would be needed from the city's new insurance consultant, Fred
Ladd believes he could secure $3,000 to $4,000 in commitments to
assist with the costs. Not all groups have been approached yet, he
Tourism has two billboards on I-55 that promote Logan County
sites. Ladd said that the billboards would alternate using a picture
of the new Abraham Lincoln and wagon display if it came here.
Ladd said that help from the community to get this wagon here --
monetarily and planning -- would be welcomed.