Lincoln on the World's Largest Covered Wagon in Lincoln, Illinois

Giant Lincoln on the World’s Largest Covered Wagon in Lincoln, Illinois

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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.

Lincoln on the World's Largest Covered Wagon in 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.

Photos of the life-sized Abraham Lincoln riding on the World's Largest Covered Wagon - a weird roadside attraction in Lincoln, Illinois. See this place to visit in Illinois on your Route 66 road trip through Illinois. A must see roadside attraction to add to your travel itinerary and bucket lists.
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Looking for more Abraham Lincoln roadside attractions? Check out the railsplitter statue, the Lincoln watermelon monument, Lincoln’s lucky nose, and the world’s tallest Abraham Lincoln statue!

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


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Photos of the life-sized Abraham Lincoln riding on the World's Largest Covered Wagon - a weird roadside attraction in Lincoln, Illinois. See this place to visit in Illinois on your Route 66 road trip through Illinois. A must see roadside attraction to add to your travel itinerary and bucket lists.
Photos of the life-sized Abraham Lincoln riding on the World’s Largest Covered Wagon – a weird roadside attraction in Lincoln, Illinois. See this place to visit in Illinois on your Route 66 road trip through Illinois. A must see roadside attraction to add to your travel itinerary and bucket lists.

Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

Val also blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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