Abraham Lincoln The Railsplitter Statue in Springfield, Illinois

Continuing on our tour of Abraham Lincoln-inspired roadside attractions, I now bring you a roadside attraction that portrays Honest Abe if he had been a hippie. OK, not really, but I at least think he looks kind of like a hippie here with the Abraham Lincoln The Railsplitter Statue in Springfield, Illinois.

Abraham Lincoln The Railsplitter Statue in Springfield, Illinois

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The Abe Lincoln rail splitter statue is a ax-wielding clean-shaven top-hat-less fiberglass statue of a young Abraham Lincoln. The roadside attraction stands tall at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Just how tall is this statue of Abraham Lincoln? It stands at 30 feet tall! (That’s about half the size of the World’s Tallest Abraham Lincoln statue in nearby Ashmore!)

Why was Abraham Lincoln called the rail splitter? This nickname originated in the Illinois State Republican Convention in 1860, later governor of Illinois Richard J. Oglesby and friend of the Lincolns’ John Hanks marched into the convention hall with two fence rails that read, “Abraham Lincoln, The Rail Candidate for President in 1860.” Lincoln had worked many jobs before landing on politics and law, including as a soldier, a postmaster, a tavern keeper, and, yes, a rail splitter. The nickname payed homage to his humble beginnings.

To celebrate the president’s history and nickname, the Abraham Lincoln Rail Splitter statue was created in 1968 by Springfield’s own Carl W. Rinnus, and dedicated for Illinois’s sesquicentennial.

Abraham Lincoln The Railsplitter Statue in Springfield, Illinois
Abraham Lincoln The Railsplitter Statue in Springfield, Illinois
Abraham Lincoln The Railsplitter Statue in Springfield, Illinois

Find this Illinois roadside attraction in front of the Illinois Expo Building at Gate 1 of the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Looking for more Abraham Lincoln roadside attractions? Check out these other fun sites in Illinois: Lincoln on the world’s largest covered wagon, the Lincoln watermelon monument, Lincoln’s lucky nose, and the world’s tallest Abraham Lincoln statue! Also key an eye out for these 10 Weird Presidential Monuments & Roadside Attractions on your next road trip!

Abraham Lincoln The Railsplitter Statue in Springfield, Illinois

Location: Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 E Sangamon Ave, Springfield, IL 62702
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Open when the grounds are open.
Date of Photos: July 15, 2007

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Abraham Lincoln The Railsplitter Statue, a 30-foot tall ax-wielding fiberglass young Abraham Lincoln at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, IL. Visit this weird roadside attraction on an Illinois road trip or on your Route 66 travels. A fun stop on a weekend getaway in Springfield or a trip to the state fair. A fun thing to do in Illinois to add to your travel itinerary and bucket lists.
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Abraham Lincoln The Railsplitter Statue, a 30-foot tall ax-wielding fiberglass young Abraham Lincoln at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, IL. Visit this weird roadside attraction on an Illinois road trip or on your Route 66 travels. A fun stop on a weekend getaway in Springfield or a trip to the state fair. A fun thing to do in Illinois to add to your travel itinerary and bucket lists.

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Valerie Bromann is a a website manager, content creator, and writer from Chicago, Illinois (currently living in Dallas, Texas). As an avid road tripper who has visited hundreds of roadside attractions, Val always pull over for a world’s largest thing. Founder of Silly America and author of The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book, she visits, photographs, and writes about all the weird tourist destinations she visits and offers road trip planning advice and inspiration based on her own travels so you can hit the road for yourself.

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The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book - Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip! By Valerie Bromann

The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book

Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip!

BY Valerie Bromann

Enjoy fun games and challenges to pass the time on your next road trip and have a keepsake to look back on for years to come with this entertaining must-have for your next vacation.

The road trip you’ve been dreaming of starts here! Journal about your stops and get to know your fellow passengers with activities and exercises designed to pass the time and bring you closer together. Instead of “Are we there yet?” you’ll find yourself asking, “We’re there already?”. Complete with prompts you can turn to while driving between locations, this journal will one day be a memento of your life-changing trip.