Abraham Lincoln’s Lucky Nose in Springfield, Illinois

Happy President’s Day Silly Americans! In honor of President’s Day I bring you one of the more somber of our roadside attractions: Abraham Lincoln’s Tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois. Now, I know you may be thinking, “what’s so silly about a tomb?” Well…in front of the beautifully designed granite grave is a giant bronze statue of Lincoln’s head, a reproduction of Gutzon Borglum’s marble bust located in Washington, D.C. And on that giant head is a giant nose: Abraham Lincoln’s Lucky Nose.

Abraham Lincoln's Lucky Nose in Springfield, Illinois - rub Lincoln's nose for good luck at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois
Abraham Lincoln's Lucky Nose in Springfield, Illinois - rub Lincoln's nose for good luck at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois

This bust at the tomb of Abraham Lincoln sports giant nostrils that are just dying to be touched, and thousands of visitors come to rub Lincoln’s nose for luck each year. I most certainly rubbed that silly nose, and you can tell from the faded bronze schnoz that I’m not alone.

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Abraham Lincoln's Lucky Nose in Springfield, Illinois - rub Lincoln's nose for good luck at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois

Be sure to also check out the full Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site which serves as the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln, his wife Mary, and three of their four sons (Edward, William, and Thomas).

Abraham Lincoln's Lucky Nose in Springfield, Illinois - rub Lincoln's nose for good luck at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois

I’m sure Lincoln isn’t rolling in that grave at the fact that so many people are rubbing Lincoln’s nose for luck…but, if you try to pick it, that may be another story.

Abraham Lincoln’s Lucky Nose

Location: Lincoln Tomb, Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1500 Monument Avenue, Springfield, IL 62702
Cost: Free to see.
Lincoln’s tomb hours: Open 7 days a week: March–October/9am–5pm; June–August/Tuesdays 7pm–8pm; November–February/9am–4pm (Closed New Year’s Day and day after; Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday; President’s Day; General Election Day; Veterans’ Day; Thanksgiving Day; Christmas Day and day after.)
Date: July 15, 2007


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Photos of Lincoln's Lucky Nose, a bust of Abraham Lincoln at his tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois. Visitors come from all around the world to rub Lincoln's nose for good luck. Stop by this weird roadside attraction on an Illinois road trip, Springfield vacation, or Route 66 travel.
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Photos of Lincoln’s Lucky Nose, a bust of Abraham Lincoln at his tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois. Visitors come from all around the world to rub Lincoln’s nose for good luck. Stop by this weird roadside attraction on an Illinois road trip, Springfield vacation, or Route 66 travel.

Looking for more Abraham Lincoln roadside attractions? Check out the railsplitter statue, Lincoln on the world’s largest covered wagon, the Lincoln watermelon monument, and the world’s tallest Abraham Lincoln statue!

Valerie Bromann

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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.