The Elusive I-57 Lincoln Statue in Kankakee, Illinois

On I-57 when you reach Kankakee/Bourbonnais in Illinois you might see a familiar face. A giant statue of Abraham Lincoln (our 16th president) stands amongst construction lifts in the lot at Alexander Equipment Rental Inc &mndash; a local heavy equipment renter. While this roadside attraction is not the largest Lincoln in Illinois or the youngest statue Lincoln in Illinois, he very well might be the most prominent Lincoln Statue in Illinois, as thousands of drivers drive by on the highway every day and catch a glimpse.

He also doesn’t hold a watermelon but does often hold a politically-fueled sign for the cause du jour.

I’ve now passed by this giant I-57 Lincoln statue a dozen or so times (usually on my way and back to Champaign or Metropolis), but have yet to have the opportunity to stop, pull over and get a good photo of the Illinois roadside attraction. But oh do I try to capture him on “film” whenever I pass by. Oh do I try.

Giant Abraham Lincoln statue off of I-57 in Kankakee, Illinois.

Giant Abraham Lincoln statue off of I-57 in Kankakee, Illinois.

Giant Abraham Lincoln statue off of I-57 in Kankakee, Illinois.

Giant Abraham Lincoln statue off of I-57 in Kankakee, Illinois.

Site: Giant Abraham Lincoln Statue
Location: Alexander Equipment Rental, Inc., 1511 Commerce Drive, Bourbonnais, IL 60914 (Visible on I-57 near exits for Kankakee/Bourbonnais)
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always visible.
Date: June 19,2008/June 19,2008/May 9, 2009

VAL BROMANN

Founder & Head Road Tripper

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 hundreds roadside attractions across the United States and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!