Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Lincoln’s Final Journey through Ohio

Commemorative medallions showcasing the
Lincoln Funeral Train and the 150th. Anniversary of the somber event
will be for sale during the weekend of April 18 and 19.
Beginning on April 21, 1865, over a 12 day period, the Lincoln Funeral Trail traveled 1,654 miles through seven states. Thousands of people in Ohio alone gathered along the tracks to pay their respects. The train stopped in several Ohio towns and Lincoln’s coffin was transported from the depot by horse-drawn hearse.

All along the route west of Columbus flags were displayed, bells tolled, fires raged and torches stood silently along the tracks.

The Lincoln Funeral train passed through Gettysburg in the wee hours of the morning that late April, solidifying Darke County’s role in our rich, national history.

The train traveled through the very location where the Gettysburg Hub of the Tecumseh Trail is found today.

Darke County Parks is commemorating the historic event this weekend, April 18 and 19 with the Lincoln Funeral Train Tribute.

From Saturday 10a-4pm and Sunday 9am-3pm, several events will take place in Gettysburg on Bridge Street at the trail head. Saturday, visitors will find the 35th Light Infantry Historical Interpreters sharing their historical knowledge. Visitors will be encouraged to bike or walk the trail, children will enjoy making a Lincoln themed craft and more. The Cardinal Center in Gettysburg will have food available and parking.

Begin Sunday at 9am with a non-denominational church service. Following the morning service, a Lincoln Look-a-Like contest will take place, the 35th Light Infantry Historic Interpreters are offering programs, the Dayton Lincoln Society will visit with Abraham and Mary Lincoln interpreters and much more.

For more information, please contact Darke County Parks at 937.548.0165.

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