In this Illinois roadside attraction, a 350-pound, 12-foot tall statue of Abraham Lincoln reads a law book while sitting upon the world’s largest covered wagon in the only town in the United States named for and by Abraham Lincoln before he became president: Lincoln, Illinois.
The Railsplitter Covered Wagon and giant Lincoln statue is 40-feet long, 12-feet wide and 24-feet tall. The big wagon weighs five tons and is officially recognized as being the world’s largest covered wagon by the Guinness Book of World Records.
This Route 66 tourist attraction was built in 2001 by local David Bentley. Originally kept on his own property, Larry Van Bibber bought the Railsplitter Covered Wagon in 2007 and placed it for all to see in Lincoln Illinois.
The Abraham Lincoln sitting statue was added later, and built by F.A.S.T. Corporation in Sparta, Wisconsin. The president wears his signature beard, black suit, and black stovepipe hat and is posed to be reading a big red book inscribed with the word “LAW.”
The Lincoln wagon was damaged in a storm in January 2014, but has since been repaired to its original glory.
If you’re looking for the world’s largest regular wagon, check out this one on Elmwood Park, Illinois and don’t confuse this with that other “World’s Largest Covered Wagon,” the mimetic architecture/novelty building in Milford, Nebraska.
Abraham Lincoln on the World’s Largest Covered Wagon
Location: 1750 5th St, Lincoln, IL 62656 (In front of the Best Western Lincoln Inn, near the corner of 5th Street and Lincoln Parkway/Historic Route 66)
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Visible at all hours.
Date: July 15, 2007